Lindsey is behind the scenes at the UK's most famous tennis tournament, in a show direct from Wimbledon. Also with the launch of a new poster competition.
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It's access all areas on today's Blue Peter as we go
behind the scenes on a West End musical.
Plus, we're meeting a nine-year-old tipped for sporting stardom.
All of that, and there's a brand-new competition to tell you about.
And, did I say, we've got exclusive access here - we're at Wimbledon!
Hello and welcome to a very special episode of Blue Peter,
coming direct to you from Wimbledon.
Now, Barney and Radzi are off filming today so it's just me
but I am so excited to be here.
This is Britain's biggest tennis tournament and, last year,
17 million of us tuned in to watch Andy Murray win the Men's Final,
just over there on Centre Court.
And I was actually lucky enough to go along and be there with
my mum, and I've got to tell you, it was one of the best days of my life.
The atmosphere was just electric.
Now, all around me you can see loads of different courts,
as well as Centre Court that way.
Over to my right there's Court One and then there's
lots of different show courts down here, ready for play later on today.
And, over there, you can just see the top of Henman Hill,
or as it's now called, Murray Mount,
where people can watch the matches later, with the big screen.
And, of course, all around me there's broadcasters and
journalists everywhere, going out to all over the world from Wimbledon.
Now, just behind me, all the crowds are gathering,
waiting to bag themselves a good seat.
And I think, as we speak, the rope has just dropped.
They've all entered Wimbledon,
they're starting to enjoy the atmosphere.
I cannot believe how many people are down there and, last year,
nearly half a million people walked through those doors.
And I think, if this crowd is anything to go by, it is
going to be just as packed this year.
Now, players from all over the world come here to compete,
both in the junior and the senior tournaments.
And, of course, last year it was all about Andy Murray.
But a few years ago, back in 2008,
it was Laura Robson who set the courts alight by winning
the Junior Girls Championship at the age of just 14-years-old.
A few weeks ago, Radzi went to meet a British youngster already
tipped for tennis stardom and hoping to follow in Laura's footsteps.
Check it out.
Strawberries are being picked and Wimbledon is finally here.
But, I'm not interested in meeting Murray or joking around with
Djokovic, as I'm here at a training centre to meet a tennis
star of the future.
Meet nine-year-old Jenaya.
Jenaya has been playing tennis since she was five.
And, over the last four years, has singled herself
out as a potential tennis superstar of the future.
In fact, she's so good, that's she's already successfully
competing against children two years older than her.
Well, Jenaya, it's great to meet you as well as your big brother Namaya.
How did you start playing tennis?
First, I started at badminton and then I realised I'm really good
but, then, I wanted to start another sport
so I started to do some tennis and realised I was really good at it.
And do you have a tennis hero, someone that you really look up to?
-Who is it?
Serena Williams, one of the greatest players of all time.
What is it you like about Serena so much?
When she plays, she means the shots that she hits.
And she doesn't give up.
And, one day,
if you could win any trophy in the world, what would it be?
You'd love to win Wimbledon?
Now, I've been set the challenge of playing you.
I think I'm going to need a little bit of help,
so if you guys want to warm up, I'm going to speak to your coach.
So, while Jenaya warmed up with her brother,
I grabbed a chat with her coach, Richard.
Well, Richard, you coach Jenaya, and I've seen her play,
she looks like she plays a mean game of tennis.
How good is she?
She's very good, yeah, she has a great enthusiasm for the game,
she's a real hard worker, she's very good for her age.
And, then, how does she balance her training with schoolwork?
Because that's a big commitment.
It's very difficult, she doesn't have much spare time
but that's a commitment that, really, she's made.
And what is it that Jenaya's got that other children perhaps
don't have at this stage?
She's got an extremely powerful hit of the ball,
she plays with no fear which makes her a very good competitor.
I'm going to put you on the spot, can she go all the way?
I very much hope so, if she does put the hard work in, day in
and day out, then she's good as good a chance as anybody out there.
And the other big question, Richard,
is can she beat someone of my standard?
She'll give it a go, I'm sure.
And so will I. Right, it's time to play.
Welcome to Centre Court and the first ever Blue Peter Championship.
As two rising stars face each other in one of the most anticipated
matches of the decade.
And, they're off.
Jenaya clearly meaning business.
And Radzi struggling to return the serves.
One set down and Jenaya clearly in front.
Jenaya is not taking any prisoners today.
It's looking hopeless for Radzi.
Oh, my word, it's all too easy for her.
Have you ever seen anything of the like?
Yes, yes, it's all over, it's all over.
Jenaya the clear champion of the day, well done, girl.
Jenaya, you beat me fair and square
and in tennis it's customary to shake hands, so well do...
No, seriously though, well do...
Jenaya, last person to stay on the court wins it - yes! I'm the winner!
Do you know what? I don't think Radzi stood a chance, there,
but let's hope we see Jenaya here on Centre Court in a few years' time.
Now, we're here today before the doors have opened to the public
and that's because we're going to meet someone who plays a very
important role here a Wimbledon.
This is Rufus the Harris hawk and it's his job to make sure
that pigeons don't disturb play, here on Centre Court.
-And, Imogen, you look after Rufus, don't you?
-Yes, I do.
So, how does he go about doing his job?
Rufus turns up at five o'clock every morning, during the Championships.
And any other pigeons that think they might have had a sneaky chance
to come and sleep under the Wimbledon roof,
he wakes them up nice and early as a bit of a frightening alarm clock
and gets them out over to somewhere else where they're not going
to cause any problem during play.
And, also, we try and get in before all of the public get in
because Rufus likes to stay quite localised to me
and if he can't pick me out in a crowd, he might just go
over to the golf course and have a little bath in the pond.
-So, he'll just go elsewhere.
-I don't blame him.
And, why do you think Rufus is so good at doing this job?
Rufus is known as a broad-winged hawk,
-so he's got a shorter wingspan which I can show you.
And he's really good at weaving in and out of woodland,
-that's what he's designed to do.
So, up in the girders of the roof he's really good at weaving in
and out of them, he weaves in and out of the courts.
And he's so experienced, he's such a VIP, he's got his own pass,
-He does, yes.
He has his own pass because a couple of times people have asked why
I'm taking my pet in to watch the tennis. Which doesn't really happen.
No, you're here to work.
Now, before you go off, do you think I could have a go at holding him?
-Absolutely, yes. Definitely.
-Am I allowed? OK.
-If you pop the glove on your left hand, that's it, perfect.
-And you hold your hand just as if it's a branch.
-There you go.
-There we go, back you go.
-I like his little bell, is that so you know where he is?
So, if he's hiding under the rafters somewhere we know where he is.
Yeah, he does like to find little nice hidey holes.
OK, so he's got his hood on, even Wimbledon colours, there.
-So, should we get the hood off and let him fly?
-I think so, yes.
-So, if you let go of his jesses and then he'll be ready to fly.
Yeah, if you let go of these ones here and then you can kind of...
-Of you go, Rufus.
-Come on, then.
-Oh, he's gone.
So, why is it so important that he gets rid of the pigeons?
-What's wrong with the pigeons?
-There's nothing wrong with pigeons,
it's just that, the last thing you would want is for Andy Murray
or any of the tennis players to be interrupted by some pigeons
when they're in the zone and concentrating on the match.
They don't need to think about anything
other than winning that match.
He's kind of on top of the roof. How do we go about getting him back?
Yes, well, the way it works is that I will give you some food
and Rufus can see ten times further then we can so he's always
keeping an eye to see where his easiest bit of food will come from.
He will know that you've got some food.
So when you lift your arm and you've got some food there,
he should respond pretty quickly.
-OK, let's get him some chicken, then.
-Here we go.
-Hold it like that, is that OK?
-He's just thinking about it, I think. IMOGEN WHISTLES
-If you wiggle your hand a bit... Here he comes.
-Oh, that's quite a speed.
-Shall we try him from there again?
-Come on, Rufus.
-Chicken. Here we go.
-Oh my goodness.
-There we go, we knew you would.
-Oh, he took it and left.
-He got some free breakfast, there, from you.
He got a free bit of chicken for breakfast, there.
Thank you so much. I've loved meeting you and Rufus.
I'm going to leave you to catch him.
-Because I don't think I'm very good at it.
He's gone to get more breakfast.
Now, later today this court is going to be packed full with tennis
fans and that's because it's such a popular sport, both to play
and to watch.
And it's one of the sports that you could choose to inspire a
friend to get involved with to earn your Blue Peter Sport Badge 2014.
Now, we want as many of you as possible to get involved this
year and inspire a friend to take up a new sport.
It doesn't have to be tennis, there's loads to choose from.
So, head to the website.
Click on Get Inspired to find out what
activities are going on in your area.
And if you want to know more about how to earn your sport badge
this year, have a look at this while I head back to the roof
and let them prepare the courts.
The Blue Peter Sport Badge is all about inspiring others to
take part in sport.
Maybe you're cricket crazy,
hooked on hockey or fanatical about football.
Whatever your choice of sport, you could earn a sport badge.
Between now and September, get a friend involved in your sport.
Take them golfing, bring them to badminton, it really is up to you.
But, get a picture of you both taking part
and go to the Blue Peter website and fill in the application form.
Make sure your parent signs it and then pop it in the post and wait.
By applying for your sport badge you could become one of the judges
for the Young Sports Personality of the Year Award.
To get involved, ask your parents or guardian and then tell us
why you would make a great judge.
One 2014 Sport Badge holder will get to sit on the judging panel
and go to the award ceremony.
Badge applications are open until the 30th of September and you have
to inspire someone this year to be in with a chance of receiving one.
So, go on, be inspiring and get involved.
It really is that simple so make sure you get involved.
And, of course, the Sport Badge isn't the only Blue Peter badge,
there are loads more like this one.
Of course, it's the Orange Badge,
which we give to our competition winners.
And if you want to know how you can get your hands on one of those,
Barney Harwood is going to be telling you a little
bit later on in the show. So, make sure you keep watching.
But, for now, follow me over this way, please,
because, as you can see, Blue Peter
and the badge wall have officially taken over the broadcast roof, here.
The first bit of post that we've got from you has been
sent in from Betsy and Emily.
Check this out, it's kind of a Blue Peter papier mache.
We love it, it's all squidgy, very creative.
Thank you so much for that post, guys.
As well as that we've got this one, this is from Sam in Leeds.
He's done Adventures of Blue Peter, it's kind of a comic strip
all about Radzi and I helping Barney to save the environment.
We absolutely love that, thank you so much, Sam.
This has been sent in from Finn, from Cheshire, it's a little box.
It's got the Blue Peter badge on it, of course,
and as we open it up this way you can see inside we've got all the
different Blue Peter badges, you can see the gold one,
the sport one, he's even, in that bottom corner, made up a new badge.
It's called the Community Badge, I absolutely love that, Finn,
thank you very much for sending that in.
And last, but not least of course, we've got Abbey who is eight.
She sent in this amazing Blue Peter bag.
Check that out, I think I'm going to take that into work, Abbey,
thank you very much.
And thanks for all the great post you send in, we love it
when you get in touch and we love hearing from you.
So, keep it coming in every week.
Now, as well as being behind the scenes at Wimbledon this week,
we've also managed to bag exclusive access to a top West End musical.
We travelled from here across London just a few miles to meet
the four girls who share the role of Matilda.
Hi, I'm Lollie.
Hi, I'm Cara.
Hi, I'm Tasha.
Hi, I'm Lottie and...
ALL: I'm Matilda.
-We're going to give you...
-An exclusive, behind the scenes look...
-At what life is like for us...
-Sharing the lead role in...
ALL: Matilda the Musical.
# We never thought it was possible But here it is coming true. #
# Sometimes you have to be a little bit naughty. #
In my school?
Inspired by Roald Dahl's children's novel
and produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company, Matilda the Musical
shows the power of imagination in an inspiring story of a girl who
dares to change her destiny.
We take it in turns to play Matilda.
We each do two nights a week and we stand-by twice, for each other.
We are all now best friends because we all live together,
we work together and we play together and it's amazing.
We're really more than friends, really. We're almost like sisters.
This area is called the front of house.
This is where you can buy your tickets.
'The show is about to start in three minutes.
'Three minutes, please take your seats.'
There is, normally, an announcement to say that the show will start soon.
We take it in turns to play Matilda,
but when we do perform we perform here.
This theatre holds a massive 1,232 people.
There are eight shows a week and we perform twice.
Come with me, I'm going to show you some props.
Here we are, this is the side of stage where lots of quick
changes take place.
This is Mr Wormwood's scooter.
Now, get out of here!
You little stink worm.
You can tell it's his because it's got these dice that people
sometimes have in cars.
This is Mrs Wormwood's mirror.
She uses this quite a lot because she loves fashion
and she loves looking at herself.
These are used when Matilda wants to get her own back on her parents.
What she does is, she gets her mother's hair dye
and her father's hair tonic and pours all of the hair tonic
out of the bottle and pours the hair dye into the hair tonic.
Then, her father puts it on in the morning and his hair turns green.
This is the wardrobe area where all our costumes are stored.
we get into costume about 30 minutes before the performance starts.
It takes quite a long time to get our mics done and our hair
and put out costumes on.
These are our mics. We have two in case one fails.
They help us be heard when we're performing.
This is Matilda's costume.
Matilda wears her blue dress, a blazer and a school outfit.
And, a bowler hat.
Another important part of our routine are the vocal warm up sessions
that help us to prepare before each show.
The best thing about being Matilda...
There isn't really a best thing, every moment of it is amazing.
Yeah, I agree.
On my first show, I couldn't stop smiling because everyone
started standing up and it's just a really amazing feeling.
# Black bloods, blue bloods, black bloods, blue bloods... #
When I walk out on stage I feel like, oh, my gosh,
what's going to go on in this show.
But then at the end, I'm like, wow, I'm proud of it.
It's really nice to see all the people really cheering for you.
So, that's what it's like being us.
ALL: Being Matilda.
Aw, do you know what?
I thought I had the best job in the world but that looks so fun.
And if you want to see another Being Me film, head to the website
where you can see another young performer called Xavier.
It is worth checking out.
Now, you may be wondering why I'm dressed like this,
it's because we're in an area of Wimbledon that you wouldn't
normally get to see on television.
But it plays a vital role.
This, of course, is the catering department and, why is it
so important, I hear you ask?
Because it's the largest sports catering event in Europe.
Throughout the tournament, as well as 300,000 cups of tea
and coffee, 250,000 bottles of water, 190,000 sandwiches, 135,000
ice creams, the catering department also prepare 28,000 kilos of these.
Of course, it's strawberries.
That's nearly the same amount as ten hippos.
Mmm, tasty. They are delicious.
But, of course, doing that takes a lot of preparation and organisation.
And, the man in charge of that is Johnny.
-Hi, Johnny, how're you doing?
-Very good, thank you.
-Thank you for coming on Blue Peter.
-Thank you very much for having us.
Now, how do you ensure that the public don't run
out of strawberries?
Well, we've got lots of teams like this, all over the grounds,
and that's what they do all day. Hole strawberries.
-Do you want to have a go?
-Yes, go on, then.
-Come on, then.
-OK, what do I need to do?
-So, you just need to...
See what the girls are doing?
They just pick that green piece off, in there,
you've got to get ten strawberries in 20 seconds.
Right, this sounds serious.
I'm going to get the Blue Peter headband on. There we go, I'm ready.
Ready, steady, go.
Oh, wow, that's fiddly.
Oh, that's half a strawberry.
This is so fiddly.
Oh, oh, no. Is time running out? I'm getting juice everywhere.
I'm making a mess. How are you guys so neat?
-Oh, that was half a strawberry I cut off.
I'm sorry, Lindsey, you've not cut it.
What? You cannot be serious!
Yeah, Johnny, I'm really sorry, I think
the competition got to my head a bit, there.
Guys, thank you so much, you are obviously so much better
at this than me. Have a great Wimbledon and see you later.
Do you know what? I think I'm a lot better at eating these
than preparing them.
Now, last year, we launched our Blue Peter Wimbledon Poster Competition.
Priya was announced as the winner,
and not only did she get her hands on one of these,
she also had the chance to go to Centre Court, and get
an access all area tour of Wimbledon to see her poster displayed.
So, before we tell you about our brand-new competition that
we're launching, just time to show you how cool it is
to be a Blue Peter competition winner.
Think I'm going to go get changed.
So, here we are at Wimbledon.
It's such an amazing day,
Pria getting a warm welcome from the organisers, here,
and because I've been here before and
because I have an access all areas pass, just like Priya,
I thought I'd be the perfect person to show her around.
Things are about to get really exciting now,
you've won this competition which means you get exclusive behind
the scenes access and it doesn't get much more exclusive then this.
This is the club house, only the players and presenters
and Royalty get to go through these doors.
But, because you are our competition winner, Priya, after you.
It's all yours.
Well done, it's amazing isn't it? Now what Priya doesn't know, here,
is she's going to get a guided tour from the Chairman himself.
It's amazing, come on.
Priya, the door's locked.
It's probably best if they do the thing
and I'll just...get some strawberries or something.
Yeah, I came all this way and the door was locked. Oh, one second. Hi!
-How was it?
-It was good.
-So, tell me what you saw.
-I saw Serena William's trophy.
-Rodger Federer's trophy.
We went in the boardroom. And I saw my poster.
Well done, you're very clever. What else did you see?
-I went on the Centre Court.
-Actually got onto Centre Court?
-How did you manage that?
-Went in the Royal Box as well.
-Oh, keep going.
-The Royal Box.
-It was good.
-If you've been in the Royal Box,
that means that people now need to curtsey, they need to get
you stuff all day, so I'll be your humble servant for the day.
-What would you like me to get you?
You do want me to get you something. OK, strawberries, yes.
But, before I find any strawberries,
I get a call about another exclusive treat for Priya.
These are the super hi tech BBC Sport trucks that send all
the pictures from here in Wimbledon to your TV screens.
Now, this is where you run
-all the videos and clips and things, isn't it?
-That's right, yeah.
We've got a extra special surprise for Priya today, haven't we?
That's right. So, do you want to press that button, there?
Heh-heh, that is genius.
So, Priya's poster is now a brand-new animation.
But, it will also take it's place in history in the Wimbledon Museum.
That's not quite as pretty as yours.
Will Priya's poster be in the museum?
It's already part of the collection, it'll go on display next year.
Look, all the old Wimbledon posters.
So if you think about it, in time to come, we'll get your poster
onto here so people can look at it.
Having your poster displayed at Wimbledon is only part of the prize.
The main prize today is what you've got in your hand.
Centre Court tickets. People dream about getting those, come on.
Let's go and watch the match.
There's only three tickets. Have a good time.
-Hey...wha? Go on, Murray! Oh, hi.
Hi, I was just doing some research, Priya, on tennis.
-Hey, look, have you seen that poster?
-Amazing, isn't it?
It's really good. How was it, was it a good game?
-It was really exciting and fast.
-It's really fast, isn't it?
you've managed to do everything you wanted to do today.
Anything else that I can help you out with?
Maybe strawberries and cream?
I did say earlier that I'd get you some. After you, you're the royalty.
Here you go. Some lovely strawberries and cream for you.
I told you I'd get them for you eventually. Have you had a good day?
-What's been your favourite bit?
I think going in the Royal Box and going on Centre Court.
Yeah, it's been such a lovely day, hasn't it?
You know what I love about Wimbledon?
It's the atmosphere of it, you can come out here
and you can bring your family
and watch a bit of tennis and then at the end of the day you can
sit down, have a relax and share some strawberries with friends.
Oh, well done again, Priya.
What a fantastic poster and an amazing experience.
And I hope that's inspired you to want to become a Blue Peter
And, if it has, we are about to launch our brand-new competition.
So, while I sit here on Murray Mount and enjoy the tennis, Barney.
It's over to you.
Every week, here on Blue Peter, we see how creative
you are through the brilliant stuff you send into our post bag.
From letters, stories, pictures and poems and we give out
hundreds of badges each week to celebrate that fantastic work.
And, in turn, your badge gets you entry into over 200
attractions across the UK, for free. Pretty good, eh?
But it's about to get even better because, today,
we're launching the Blue Peter badge attraction poster competition.
We have got an amazing competition that could see your artwork
displayed at badge attractions across the UK this summer.
It's dead simple, we want you to design a poster that's celebrates
the Blue Peter badge and the different attractions that
earning your badge can get you access to for free.
From zoos, railways, aquariums, theme parks, castles,
museums, I could be here all day listing them.
So, instead, head to the Blue Peter website for the full list.
And, when you're there, you need to click on a couple of links.
The first one is this one, it's got badges on it,
it's dead simple to spot.
About Blue Peter Badges, click that and it'll take you to this page and
you can see that Blue Peter Badge Attractions is highlighted in blue.
If you click on that, that'll give you loads of inspiration
for ideas for your poster.
Now, as we've every competition here on Blue Peter, there are some
rules that you have to follow to make sure your entry counts.
Now, you can either print off the two-page application form
online or, if you want, you can send in your poster design like this.
Two separate pieces of paper, one with poster design on it
and the other one with these details.
So get a move on and get creative, as well, which we know you are.
And that's pretty much everything you need to know.
Don't worry if you think you've missed something,
it's dead simple to catch up again,
all you need to do to hear the rules it to go to CBBC iPlayer
and watch this show back again or you can head to the
Blue Peter website to find out all the details that you need to enter.
Make sure you check out all the terms and conditions
with a parent of guardian. That's it!
Good luck, we can't wait to see what you come up with,
and don't forget, it could be you visiting us
right here in the Blue Peter studio as a competition winner.
And don't forget, your winning design could be displayed
on Blue Peter badge attractions across the UK this summer.
It really is a great competition, so make sure you get involved.
That's nearly all we've got time for today
but there's loads more of Wimbledon fun coming up on CBBC.
If you join me on Friday the 4th of July, I'll be with
Hacker T. Dog and some of the other CBBC stars and we'll be bringing
you the live, alternative commentary on the Men's Single semifinal.
It is going to be amazing, make sure you press the red button
if you want to get involved.
And make sure you're here with us
next Thursday on Blue Peter as we're celebrating the Great Blue
Peter Make with a show from the Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade.
Plus, Barney gets a chance to drive this hypersonic
car around Silverstone race track.
It's not to be missed.
We have had an amazing time here at Wimbledon,
we're ready to watch some good tennis aren't we?
So, we'll see you next week, 5.30pm on CBBC. Bye!
We're serving up a treat on Blue Peter with a show direct from Wimbledon! Lindsey is behind the scenes at the UK's most famous tennis tournament. Plus, we're launching a brand new, exciting poster competition! There's also the chance to meet two very talented sets of youngsters, as we get a sneak peek on set with the four girls who play Matilda in the West End hit musical. Also, Radzi meets up and coming tennis superstar Jhonayah Fletchman, who at just nine years old is already tipped for tennis stardom. Game, set and match!