Beat a Path to our Door! And start the Recovery...

by Old Wilsonians' Lawn Tennis Club in Bromley, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 30th April 2021 we successfully raised £4,270 with 56 supporters in 34 days

We plan to install wider, dry and safe access so members, visitors, mums with buggies and those with disabilities can better reach the club

by Old Wilsonians' Lawn Tennis Club in Bromley, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

The more money we raise the more we can improve what we offer everyone. Improving the floodlighting is a very big project, but replacing the lamps on courts 5 & 6 with LED lighting might be the next logical step.


WHY ARE WE DOING THIS

We are hoping to expand our tennis coaching to cater for people with various disabilities:

  • learning disability
  • sight impairment 
  • and possibly one day getting 4 wheelchair players on the multi-use games area 

WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN

Making our facilities accessible is essential to achieving this. It will obviously benefit the local community. It will additionally please existing tennis members as a by-product. However delivering against the LTA's drive to "open up" tennis to a wider audience is our main goal here.

The financial impact of the pandemic means we cannot afford this important upgrade without an initiative to raise new funding. 

OUR LOVELY CLUB

Take the aerial tour of our delightful club:


Being on the top of Hayes Hill and with adjacent open land, our friendly tennis club provides a haven in commuter-belt suburbia. We now want to share our lovely tennis club with a wider, more diverse audience so we can cater for everyone  in our local community.

As part of a multi-sport club we enjoy unparalleled facilities and support, including:

  • the services of an experienced groundsman
  • a large clubhouse with changing rooms and showers
  • a  licensed bar 
  • plenty of car parking

Whether you are a small person1616080535_8&u_team.jpg with a full-size racket.....

....or a full-sized person with an even bigger racket, there is plenty for everyone. But we want to do more to include everyone in our local community. 

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We have always welcomed new members, young and old, of all standards, and our Inclusion & Diversity policy means everyone is treated fairly. But we need to improve the paths and access so that everyone can get safely to our courts - whether you have a disability or not.  Once players reach the tennis courts, everything is accessible - toilets and a safe playing surface.

One of our coaches is shortly to specialise in disability sport as he has a special affinity in this area. We also have Glebe School on our doorstep and will be able to support them much more comprehensively if we can provide better access.

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OUR FACILITIES AND TENNIS ACTIVITIES

We have all the facilites needed for the full range of tennis activity:

  • six carpet courts 
  • one tarmac multi-use games area with both a full-size adult tennis court and six mini red courts
  • floodlights on all courts 
  • a practice wall and an automatic ball “firing” machine
  • changing rooms and showers in the club house
  • a courtside pavilion so spectators and players can make a hot drink, especially welcome on a bright winter morning

Our pavilion offers sanctuary in the event that “rain stops play”.  Parents can watch their children being coached in comfort and supervise both homework and supper for the whole family as they take their turn to have coaching.  

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Being a very friendly club, the social aspects are just as important as the sporting achievement.  We hold a great variety of social events throughout the year, including wine tasting, quiz nights, family discos as well as more formal dinners.  Guests are always welcome.  

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RESPONSE TO THE PANDEMIC

Tennis is  regarded as one of safest sports, being naturally socially-distanced. So we were fortunate to be able to return in May 2020.  Lockdown has made many people look to tennis as a sport for the first time - and we welcomed many new members last summer.  

Further lockdown periods made us all realise how important our club is each of us and how much we enjoy being able to play tennis with its benefits to our physical and mental health and wellbeing. 

It goes without saying that keeping the club open, maintaining Covid-safety throughout the changing pandemic restrictions  involved a great deal of work and expense. 

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IN CONCLUSION

1. we need to raise funds

2. so we can make our facilities accessible - to everyone!

3. ...which will allow us to expand our tennis coaching to cater for people with differing disabilities:

  • learning disability
  • sight impairment 
  • deafness
  • and maybe one day soon we will be able to get 4 wheelchair players on the multi-use games area 

4. It will benefit the local community and more importantly, it is the RIGHT THING TO DO.

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The earlier video shows the challenge, and this diagram shows the solution.  We need your support PLEASE so we can turn these drawings into a reality.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

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Used tennis balls for your dog

Get 10 used tennis balls which are great for entertaining your dog, and encouraging them to run around - they've been locked down too!

£8 or more

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Pay and Play court hire

1 hour of court hire - equivalent to the £10 pay and play option via LTA Rally app.

£10 or more

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Tennis floodlights credit

A 2 hour credit for use of floodlights, worth £12 so you get great value for your donation

£20 or more

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On court photo shoot

Enjoy a professional photo shoot on court in your tennis whites. If you donate more than £20 you can have a greater number of pictures. The more you donate, the more options you have! Worth between £30 and £50 depending on what you choose. Great addition to your social media profile or website. Courtesy of The Picture Partnership, Shirley. Current plan is to hold this photo shoot at Club Tournament Finals Day on 11 September 2021

£20 or more

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Cricket coaching

Improve your batting and bowling technique courtesy of Jon Rodda - a qualified cricket coach - who will run a bespoke group session for 6 players.

£25 or more

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Group coaching lesson for adults with Jake

An adult group coaching lesson - a great opportunity for people to try coaching for the first time

£25 or more

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Ladies cut and blow dry

Cut and blow dry courtesy of JCR Hair Studio, Beckenham - usual cost £27. Hopefully you'll love this place and return time after time.

£35 or more

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Half price golf lesson

Enjoy a half-price golfing lesson with local golf professional Rich Shaw. This can take place at a number of courses in South London, including The Oaks Golf Club in Carshalton. This will save you around £40+

£40 or more

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Adult membership of OW Squash & Racketball Club

An adult (or Junior) membership of our Old Wilsonians' Squash & Racketball Club - from the date of re-opening until 31 July 2022. Annual cost is normally £45. All you will need is a deposit for the fobs and access keys.

£60 or more

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2 French lessons

Thinking of going to France when lockdown ends? Need to brush up your conversational French? Why not have 2 lessons with a fluent French speaker? Private lessons can usually cost up to £40 an hour!

£65 or more

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Adult membership of Old Wilsonians' Cricket Club

Full adult membership for the forthcoming 2021 season - usual price £120

£70 or more

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Personal golf tuition

A personal 1-2-1 golf lesson with Rich Shaw - a local golf professional. Available at multiple venues in South London, including The Oaks Golf Club in Carshalton which is popular. Lessons from Rich are always more expensive than £70!!

£75 or more

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Celebration fruit cake

Getting married? Christening? Having a family celebration? A celebration fruit cake could complete the festivities. Worth over £100.

£80 or more

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Physiotherapy especially for children

1 hour initial assessment and a follow up appointment with a specialist children’s physiotherapist, courtesy of Falcon Physiotherapy based in Orpington. For children aged up to 16. Cost would normally be £103.

£90 or more

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Annual boiler check and safety inspection

Annual boiler check and safety inspection, worth £100 - you just pay for any parts that might be needed. Courtesy of Bromley Heating Limited.

£100 or more

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Trip in a classic motor car.

A rare treat! Enjoy a chauffeur-driven trip in a classic car when restrictions are lifted - courtesy of Bob West. Possibilities include a 1938 Austin Ruby saloon, a 1934 Austin 2-seater tourer or a 1952 MG TD open sports tourer. You cannot put a value on such a unique opportunity but you could certainly pay upwards of £200 for this experience.

£250 or more

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Corporate Advertising

Business advertising Advert on the Club's website for 1 year + an acknowledgement of the donation on our facebook page and a link to your facebook page + an A4 advert on our noticeboard for 1 year of your product/service + advertising banner on perimeter of the tennis courts (printing costs to be met by advertiser)

£10 or more

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Get your car washed

An external car wash by our crack team

£30 or more

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Personal training session

A personal training session with Mark Goldsmith in his newly-opened gym in Bromley. His usual hourly charge is £40.

£45 or more

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Podiatry treatment

A podiatry treatment - courtesy of Strawberry House Clinic in Hayes - worth at least £50!

£50 or more

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1-2-1 coaching lesson with Oli

1 hour personal 1-2-1 tuition with Oli

£60 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Pressure wash of drive or patio

A 2-hour pressure wash of your patio or drive - courtesy of Chris Heayberd. Local firms are charging around £100 for this service.

£70 or more

1 of 1 claimed

1-2-1 coaching lesson with Gino

1 hour of personal tuition with Gino - our performance coach.

£85 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Roof survey or house & garden photography by drone

Need to inspect your roof? Seeking aerial photography of your house and garden? You'll get an inspection or photgraphy session in the Bromley area, worth between £150-£250. Please support this new local business venture.

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