Markland Hill Racquets Club Covid 19 Relief Fund

by Markland Hill Racquets Club in Bolton, England, United Kingdom

Markland Hill Racquets Club Covid 19 Relief Fund


£20,000 target 24 days left
19% 35 supporters
Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 14th November 2020 at 11:32am

Our club needs your help to raise funds for the club's future; supporting our financial recovery to secure our aim of year-round activities.

by Markland Hill Racquets Club in Bolton, England, United Kingdom

Our Club

Markland Hill Lawn Tennis Club was founded in 1927 to provide Tennis facilities, by means of 6 dedicated Tennis courts, in the local community. Squash courts were added at a later date and in 1970 Bolton Badminton Club agreed to merge with the Club. A new indoor hall was constructed providing 4 Badminton Courts and 1 Tennis court overlaid. Subsequently a small but effective gym space was created. This was the basis of the club we now have to date and is one of the best venues for Badminton in the North West. The badminton courts are used regularly by the Lancashire  County Badminton Association for tournaments and matches and also by Badminton England for the Senior Leagues. 

The Club has a membership of over made up of Full Adult Sports Members, Students, Young, Junior 11-17 and Junior 5-10 categories. All the members have access to all 3 racquet sports. The Club is run by a small but dedicated collection of members.


Impact of COVID-19

Like many of you, we had big plans for 2020, which have been severely impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic! In the run-up to the new seasons, we've been continuing to raise funds for the redevelopment of our club such as the tennis court fencing and refurbishing the boards in the squash courts.

Unfortunately, our finances have been severely damaged by the significant economic impact of Covid-19. The club relies on revenue from social events, private hire (Birthday Parties and Christenings) coaching and hospitality as important sources of income, and all such activity has been suspended or heavily restricted since March.  No social and community events mean no income, and immediate risk to the club's financial health.  The club has ongoing maintenance costs, with over £10,000 being spent on the yearly maintenance of our playing surfaces, alongside increased cleaning costs to stay compliant with Covid Cleaning regulations as well.  This is in addition to ongoing fixed costs such as utility bills, insurances, accountancy and administration salaries.


How can you help?

We now need the help of our members, supporters, and local residents, to pledge funds and secure the short-term financial health of our fantastic club, so that we can continue to sustain the physical and mental well being of our community.

We've prepared an exciting package of rewards to show our appreciation for your support, plus everyone pledging £10 or more will receive an invite to our Pledgers’ BBQ to help celebrate us reaching our target! (to be held in the future when larger events are allowed again)

We are really grateful for any contribution that people are willing to make towards securing the immediate financial health of the club.  By supporting the club at a time when many of it's chief sources of revenue have vanished, pledgers are helping the club recover from the significant effects of COVID-19, enabling us to resume normal operations as soon as safely possible to support the local community in being active.  This recovery will then allow us to strive towards our exciting and essential long-term plans to transform our facilities for the benefit of Bolton and the surrounding areas.



We have an active Coaching program in all racquet sports which is open to all in the community, and provide regular open days for the community to use the club for free with the aim to get more people active.

Our Aims

Our ambition is to encourage participation in racquet sports and make the sports accessible and enjoyable for our entire community, regardless of ability or background.

To achieve this aim, we must develop our facilities in the future to keep pace with modern demands and expectations, so that racquet sports can continue to be enjoyed year-round, rather than being constrained to their traditional seasons.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£20 or more

£10 Voucher from Retreat Restaurants

Get a £10 Voucher to use at the Retreat Restaurants plus an invite to our Pledgers BBQ

£10 or more

Entry to the Pledgers BBQ

Spare us a tenner to help us and you will be invited to the Pledgers BBQ (Worth £10). Once a social event is allowed to be organised under Covid 19 Guidelines.

£25 or more

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Christmas wreath arrangement from Janet

Get a custom made festive flower arrangement from our very talented Janet (Normally £25) plus an invite to our Pledgers BBQ

£30 or more

Free Private Coaching Lesson (Any Sport 1 Hour).

Pledge £30 today and we'll reward you with a free one hour Private Coaching lesson with any one of our coaches. Alongside an invite to our Pledgers BBQ

£75 or more

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Air Conditioning Service by Belaircon

£80 voucher, which can be used by any person or business wishing to have any air conditioning unit fully serviced by one of Belaircon's accredited engineers. The engineer will visit, either at home or on commercial premises, anywhere within 15 miles of the Club, during normal business hours. Plus an invite to the Pledgers BBQ.

£80 or more

Group coaching Pass

A Group Coaching pass for any of our weekly hourly session for a term. Alongside an invite to the Pledgers BBQ

£100 or more

Bar Tab - £110

Pledge £100 today and will put £110 on your membership card to spend over the bar. Alongside an invite to the Pledgers BBQ

£160 or more

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Two Nights at Rural Retreat Co Antrim

This is a unique residence, designed by a leading architect, with everything you might need for a relaxing holiday, only 17 miles from Belfast Int'l airport. The house is rebuilt in natural stone with amazing views over lakes and mountains. Self Catering (Flights not included) Normally £85 per night. Dates to be agreed with Gerry Keenan for the trip. Alongside an invite to our Pledgers BBQ.

£200 or more

Membership for the rest of this Year

Membership for all sports until 30th April 2020. Plus an invite to our Pledgers BBQ. Membership has been prorated and discounted by 10% due to only half a year remaining.

£225 or more

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£250 Worth of Parcel Deliveries

Get £250 worth of Parcel Deliveries from Support local business as well as helping the club. Alongside an invite to our Pledgers BBQ.

£75 or more

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Case of Wine

Get a Case of Wine (RRP £100) specially selected by our own Wine connoisseur Pete Brown. Alongside an invite to our Pledgers BBQ.

£150 or more

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Round of Golf for 3 at the Hillside Golf Club

Play a round of Golf with Chris Humphries as three visitors at Hillside Golf Club in Southport, the home of "Englands Golf Coast" which boasts England's finest stretch of coastal links. Hillside has hosted many amateur and professional tournaments in it's illustrious history and was recently selected by the European Tour to stage the 2019 British Masters. Alongside an invite to our Pledgers BBQ. Guest fees are normally £100 per person.

£350 or more

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A Week at the 5* Pestana Grand - Madeira Portugal

W/C 1st March - Self Catering - (flights not included). Alongside an invite to our Pledgers BBQ. (RRP £450)

Let's make 'Markland Hill Racquets Club Covid 19 Relief Fund' happen

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