Crablands Tennis Club

by Crablands Tennis Cub in Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom

Total raised £30,140

raised so far

+ est. £3610.25 Gift Aid



1) Floodlighting 2 courts to enable members to play in the evening after work or school. 2) Paint 1 new court to match existing courts

by Crablands Tennis Cub in Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 20th March 2023 we'd raised £29,995 with 160 supporters in 56 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

 New stretch target

If we are fortunate enough to reach extra monies, over and above our initial target sum, we would , depending on the excess amount raised  prioritise the following:-

1) Provide the free loan of equipment and free initial coaching plus  reduced cost of using our facilities to local  financially disadvantaged and disability  children groups.

2) Pay to play. Investing in technology and update the club website to facilitate this.

3) Our long term goal would be to construct at least 1 covered court.


Who are we?

We are an LTA registered tennis club founded 100 years ago. We want to expand our facilities to meet current demands.


During the pandemic lockdown it was made abundantly clear how beneficial outdoor exercise is.  In 2019 our membership was 48 seniors and 23 juniors but it currently stands at 114 seniors and 80 juniors.  This figure is constantly increasing.  


Men’s and ladies’ teams compete in the Sussex leagues and we run many inclusive tournaments throughout the year.  We have a top level coach for both junior and senior members.  Our junior numbers are particularly encouraging and we run an apprenticeship scheme for coaching.  We are hoping to establish a link with the local schools within the area to expand our apprenticeship scheme.

Due to extreme pressure on court availability we have constructed a fourth hard court.   This has been partly funded by a grant from Chichester District Council but there is a shortfall.    However, it is essential that we complete this work and install floodlighting to extend the opportunity for working members to play through the winter months.  We have recently introduced a court booking system.   Our increased facilities will offer the whole community the chance to participate in important outdoor exercise by means of a pay to play scheme.


Crablands is the only tennis club outside of Chichester offering tennis facilities to a community of 12,000 residents.  We have an excellent clubhouse with changing rooms,  which enables all members to enjoy the use of the bar, kitchen and an indoor sports hall for short tennis and table tennis.  The club is entirely run by a team of volunteers and survives through the support of members’ fees and social and fundraising events.


Community impact

Having survived COVID and all it threw at the club in respect of managing to just stay afloat, we have created this Crowd Funding page to appeal to our community to assist in our exciting expansion plans.  We are totally committed to improving the club by:-

Completing the fourth hard tennis court by painting the surface.

Floodlighting 2 courts to enable after work and after school play to all members.

Offering pay to play access to the whole community including offering reduced or free access to those who are financially disadvantaged.  

Investment in well-established technology will enable us to deliver this.

We also intend to both continue with our existing coaching  apprenticeship scheme for young players and to increase the number of apprentices to meet the planned increased membership.

The  skills gained from the apprenticeship scheme  have proved beneficial  for both future life and careers.1669906026_img_friday._tennis.jpeg

We are also introducing Pickle Ball (the fastest growing sport in North America) to the club which, because it is easier to learn to play initially than tennis, should encourage both the youth of  Selsey and the less mobile adult residents to take part.

Walking tennis

Indoor short tennis and table tennis is also available.

The above gives an indication of what we want to achieve in the short term. 

Our ambition is to offer tennis facilities and associated ball games to as many members of the community as is possible.


Many of our members were lucky enough to attend the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham and all returned back  home enthused with the community spirit displayed by everyone involved from the bus drivers , stewards, parking attendants , food distributers and of course the athletes.

We would like to emulate this community spirit in our area and our club by providing outstanding and inclusive facilities as detailed above.

In so doing we will improve both the mental and physical health of our community and  increase peoples confidence, self esteem and overall well being.

The increase in tennis participation and the increased apprenticeship awards arising therefrom will we hope enable our area to both flourish and succeed.

Success for us is participation and what that brings.

We thank you for any support you can give to enable us to achieve our ambitions.


Why are we crowdfunding?

To provide floodlighting on 2 courts to enable all members to play in the evening after work or school. 

To paint the new court to match existing courts

How we’ll spend the money raised

As detailed previously we plan to spend any monies raised on:-

1) Floodlighting 2 courts to enable members to play in the evening, after work or school or any other time when dark.  Lowest quoted cost £20,000

2) Paint and protect the new hard court, colour to match existing courts.  Lowest quoted cost £5,000

Any additional monies raised will be used to set up the "Pay to Play"operating structure, new pickle ball court layout and equipment, etc


How you can play your part

There are four simple ways to help us reach our target, and make this project a reality.

1. Make a pledge. Don’t delay if you’re going to support us because momentum is key to our success!

2. Spread the word. Share our project on your social media pages and tell the world to get behind us! The more people we reach, the more support we will get.

3. Offer rewards. Get involved if you are a local business by donating things we can offer to our supporters. We will give you a shout out!

4. If you want to run your own fundraiser to support us, maybe a sponsored activity or similar, use the 'contact project' button at the top of our page to let us know. Setting up your own page only takes a few minutes and you won’t need any bank details. Just a fun idea!




This project offered rewards

£30 or more

Guitar Tuition

Classical Guitarist in Selsey offers 1hour Guitar lesson for beginners and improvers. Approximate value £60 to £80

£20 or more

Raycraft stationery and fishing supplies

Raycrafts stationers and fishing tackle suppliers offer 5% discount

£25 or more

Half price pair of prescription sunglasses

Half price pair of prescription sunglasses with a purchase of any prescription glasses! 20Twenty Vision- Selsey High street

£30 or more

5% discount on Ski Solution holiday

Andy Gilmour of Ski solutions is offering a 5% discount on any Ski holiday over £1,000.

£30 or more

Gold leaf ceramic(RRP£75)

Bring your broken ceramic to Liz Bosson and learn to repair your broken ceramics using Gold Leaf. Materials included

£30 or more

Kayak skills training

Want to learn about Kayak water safety or skills to make you a better Kayaker?

£40 or more

Guided Mountain Bike trip

Tour around the Manhood Peninsula, Discover our amazing cycle trails from Selsey to Witterings or Chichester via the Salterns Way or Route 88 cycle routes

£50 or more

Speech writing services(RRP£150)

Nigel Allfrey offers Speech writing help for any occasion

£50 or more

Limited Isle of Wight Prints (RRP£62)

Georgia Bosson artist and print maker - visit shop- landmark locations screen prints

£5 or more

Can of tennis balls (RRP£6-7)

A can of brand new tennis balls

£5 or more

Pub quiz and Auction night Friday 3rd March 7pm

Pub quiz and Auction night Friday 3rd March 7pm

£7 or more

Yoga session(RRP £10)

Yoga class session in Selsey

£7 or more

Pilates class (RRP £10 )

Clare Pretorius offers a Pilates class at Selsey centre

£10 or more

Beauty Bake

£10 gift voucher on any Beauty Bake Treat. Located in the high street,Selsey WWW.BEAUTYBAKE.CO.UK

£10 or more

£10 Voucher The Pet Pantry

£10 gift voucher

£15 or more

2 x English Breakfasts at Pennys Diner -Selsey

2 x English Breakfasts at Penny's Diner including hot drink.

£20 or more

Tennis Racket re-string(RRP£25)

Dena Nelson Smith (Tennis Coach) offers a Tennis Racket re-string

£20 or more

Voucher for Flowers -Village Flowers (RRP£30)

Village flowers in Selsey is offering a voucher for a display

£20 or more

Dog sitting(RRP£40)

Patsy Allfrey of Selsey offers Dog sitting (can be overnight)

£20 or more

daytime Dog sitting(RRP£30)

Sarah Logan offers daytime Dog sitting

£20 or more

Petty Wood food hamper

Petty Wood & Co. Ltd of Andover offer a luxury food hamper approximate value £30

£20 or more

Homemade chocolate cake(RRP£30)

Lucy Sarson offers a homebaked luxury Chocolate cake

£20 or more

Kayak tuition/expedition(RRP£40per hour)

Want to learn about Kayak water safety or skills to make you a better Kayaker.

£20 or more

The Seal £20 gift voucher

£20 gift voucher for The seal Bar,Rooms and Dining

£20 or more

£20 Voucher for The BOULEVARD

£20 dining gift voucher

£20 or more

£20 Voucher Potters seafood

£20 Voucher Potters seafood

£25 or more

3 month Crablands Tennis club membership(RRP£35)

3 month trial Tennis club membership

£30 or more

Carrs Car Wash - mini valet

Mini Valet at Carrs Car Wash, High Street Selsey

£30 or more

Bicycle Track pump

Donated by Peddlewise bike shop - Selsey high street

£30 or more

Salted Peanut Butter cups

Gather & Feast catering A box of 12 x salted peanut butter cups. Gluten and dairy free delectable treats. Not suitable for anyone with Peanut or nut allergies

£40 or more

Dog groom at Selkie's Salon - Selsey

RRP £45-£90 Dog groom at Professional Dog Groomer .Fully Qualified,Insured,First Aid trained,Dog Teeth technician Cleaning

£50 or more

Red Shark Water Bike experience(RRP£ 100)

Supervised trip on a this new fun innovation. A Stand Up Paddleboard...thats a water bike!

£50 or more

Half days Gardening/Handyman services

David Tinkley Experienced Gardener/Handyman is offering a half day of his services locally . Gardening,Garden clearance, labouring or odd jobs. Happy to discuss tasks,dates and times before purchasing.

£200 or more

3 Night stay at Honeysuckle Lodge

Lying south of Chichester, Honeysuckle Lodge is a spacious two bedroomed self catering cottage located at the end of a private road, surrounded by open farmland, with Medmerry RSPB reserve on three sides and within walking distance of the Visitors Centre at the Pagham Harbour Reserve. There is access from the front door to a network of footpaths and bridleways, ideal for ramblers, cyclists and nature lovers.

£700 or more

£700 - 5 Year Crablands Tennis membership

5 year Tennis membership @ Crablands Selsey

£700 or more

LIMITED OFFER 5 Year Crablands Tennis membership.

5 Year Single adult Crablands Tennis membership expiring on 31st March 2028.

£700 or more

5 Year Crablands Membership

5 Year Crablands Adult Tennis Membership. Expiring 31st March 2028.

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