Lighting up Tennis in Redmarley

by Robin Notley in Gloucester, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom

We did it
On 10th December 2021 we successfully raised £20,144 ( + est. £2264.75 Gift Aid ) with 152 supporters in 35 days

To install floodlighting at Redmarley Tennis Club to enable more time for tennis by extending court playing time into the darker evenings

by Robin Notley in Gloucester, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Any additional sum raised would be used to provide a contingency to cover current rising costs in construction. We are already seeing a significant increase in costs from recent quotes.


Redmarley Tennis Club, Gloucestershire 

is an active and dynamic grassroots sports facility located on the playing fields of the village. The Club is one of the few facilities in the local area that embraces all ages and abilities, is truly family inclusive and offers a sense of belonging and achievement affordable to as many as possible.

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We have an active and rapidly growing membership representing all age groups, walks of life and tennis ability, including beginners, social players and league competitors. To fulfill the club’s ethos of delivering tennis, community and wellbeing we hold a number of club tournaments throughout the year, several social events and a coaching programme designed to encourage as many people as possible to give tennis a go. 

Covid 19 hit the club hard 

with very little play and few social events taking place in 2020. However, in 2021 membership has grown by 20% as people look to engage in new activities to combat the impact of lock-down on their well-being.
1635506484_pic_2.pngRecognising this, the club has refreshed its coaching offering and driven attendance at sessions to unprecedented numbers across all age groups from primary school to ‘silver servers’. We have also grouped players by ability and invited all to join regular social tennis sessions to encourage and grow participation. This is all proving to be extremely popular.

The Problem - It’s a daylight thing 

We are well represented in the local LTA leagues and in peak season nearly all weekday evenings are fully booked for home fixtures. 

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These can only be played when there is enough daylight to ensure completion of the matches and as these take place most weekday evenings, it effectively excludes social players from play in the spring and much of the summer after work. This coupled with our growth in new members means that there is a clear and pressing need to increase available court time.  

Our Solution - LED floodlighting 

would significantly extend playing time for all by enabling league matches to commence earlier in the year and free up courts in the summer months for more evening informal play. Floodlights will also enable play to continue as the nights draw in and during the winter months. Winter home matches can also be played at home rather than at other venues.

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In 2020 we acquired planning permission to install the much needed floodlights and now embark on the task of funding the expense of installation. As the club has no excess financial reserves and is strongly focused on providing sport for all, funds now need to be raised without impacting membership fees as any increase required would severely restrict accessibility. 

The Challenge - Raising £40,000

The cost of installing Floodlighting is significant and our target of £40,000 is to cover installation plus a small contingency to cover unexpected costs. Fundraising is targeting three different sources: 

  • Crowdfunding
  • Sport England support
  • Grants from Gloucestershire County council and other local bodies

Crowdfunding will also enable us to reduce reliance on any loan/grant available from the LTA and enable us to keep membership fees and lighting costs to a minimum.

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The Future - More tennis for all

Once we have achieved our target and monies have been received, we expect to install the floodlighting during the autumn of 2022 and the club will then be able to offer significantly more playing time to members during 2023 and beyond. 

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Thank you for supporting our campaign

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation

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Saving the Planet

For every £100 of pledges accumulated we will donate a tree to the local tree planting campaign in Redmarley

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£10 off Beautiful Nails by Jody Hill MUA-Hartpury

£10 off getting your nails done gorgeously donated by Jodie. Includes Gel Polish, extensions and nail art. www.facebook.com/jodyhillmua/

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Reflexology Session - Hartpury

£10 Reflexology Voucher Relax with a £10 voucher towards your next reflexology session, helping your body to sustain optimum health! Peacefully and generously donated by Soul Harmony Reflexology (Hartpury). www.facebook.com/SoulHarmonyReflexology

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£10 Salon Treatment Voucher

Need a haircut, treatment or colour? Bag yourself a £10 salon voucher, kindly donated by Ivy Eco-Salon, a 100% vegan and eco-friendly salon in Hartpury! www.facebook.com/IvyEcoSalon

£8 or more

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£10 of Sport Massage Treatment Session Voucher

Kindly donated by Harriet at H Sport Massage Clinic in Hartpury, use your voucher against any Sport Massage/Cupping treatment session to sooth away those aches and pains and revitalise your muscles. Only one voucher per person. Visit www.hsportmassage.com for more details and claim your certificate from the Tennis Club

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Junior Membership at Half Price

Junior Membership Half Price - Pledge half your usual membership fee and get 50% off your 2022 membership cost when paid by 15th December 2021

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New Junior Membership at Half Price

New Junior Membership at half price - Pledge half the membership of £25, play for the rest of 2021 for free and get 50% off your 2022 membership cost when paid by 15th December 2021

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Student Membership at Half Price

Student Membership Half Price - Pledge half your usual membership fee and get 50% off your 2022 membership cost when paid by 15th December 2021

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New Student Membership at Half Price

New Student Membership at half price - Pledge half the membership fee of £30, play for the rest of 2021 for free and get 50% off your 2022 membership cost when paid by 15th Decemeber 2021

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30 Minute Sport Massage Treatment Gift Certificate

Kindly donated by Harriet at H Sport Massage Clinic in Hartpury your 30 min session includes 15 mins of Pure Sport massage / Cupping Therapy to sooth away those aches and pains and revitalise your muscles; 10 mins assessment and 5 mins Plan and Progress. Normally £20 a session. Only 1 voucher per person. Visit www.hsportmassage.com for more details and claim your certificate from the Tennis Club

£20 or more

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Lambing Experience

Wow the young ones with this one off experience of watching new born lambs frolic and play next spring. A lovely donation from Jo Clarke in Tirley who will welcome 2 families for an hour's enjoyment. Contact The Club to arrange the visit during April 2022

£40 or more

Adult Membership at Half Price

Adult Membership Half Price - Pledge half your usual membership fee and get 50% off your 2022 membership cost when paid by 15th December 2021

£40 or more

New Adult Membership at Half Price

New Adult membership for half price - Pledge half the membership fee of £80, play for the rest of 2021 for free and get 50% off your 2022 membership when paid by 15th December 2021

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Rose & Crown Menu Voucher

Pledge £40 and get a £10 off your food and drink at the Rose & Crown pub in Redmarley

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Family Membership at Half Price

Family Membership Half Price - Pledge half your usual membership fee and get 50% off your 2022 membership cost when paid by 15th December 2021

£65 or more

New Family Membership at Half Price

New Family Membership at half price - Pledge half the membership fee of £130, play for the rest of 2021 for free and get 50% off your 2022 membership cost when paid by 15th December 2021

£250 or more

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Internet Advertising for local businesses

Promote your local business logo on the Redmarley Tennis club website https://www.redmarleytennisclub.co.uk/ and spread the word about your firm. Contact the webmaster to arrange details

£800 or more

ADULT LIFETIME TENNIS CLUB MEMBERSHIP

Buy yourself an ADULT LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP at Redmarley Tennis Club. Avoid any annual increases and never have to pay fees to play tennis at Redmarley again. Your investment pays off on commencement of year 11 and your many years of free tennis then continues for as long as you want to carry on playing. Not Transferable to any other person. Contact the Tennis Club for full details.

£1,300 or more

FAMILY LIFETIME TENNIS MEMBERSHIP

Buy a FAMILY LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP at Redmarley Tennis Club. Avoid any annual increases and you and your family never have to pay fees to play tennis at Redmarley again. Your investment pays off on commencement of year 11 and your many years of free tennis continues for as long as you and your family want to continue to play. Not Transferable to any other person and valid for your immediate family only. Contact the Tennis Club for full details

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£5 off Food at the Red Lion or Royal Exchange

£5 off at the Red Lion Wainload or the Royal Exchange Hartpury when you spend over £25. Valid in January and February 2022. One voucher per table only applies. Contact the Tennis Club to claim your reward.

£5 or more

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Beenie Hats

Keep warm this winter under a Taylor Farm Supplies Beenie Hat. Claim your reward from the Tennis Club.

£7 or more

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Hanging Scissor Holders

Keep your scissors safe and readily available with this Hanging Scissor Holder which comes complete with 3 different sized scissors. Kindly donated by Jo Clarke with an RRP of £12.50 Contact the club to arrange collection.

£7 or more

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Greeting Cards

Featuring local subjects and scenes a pack of 5 cards kindly donated by On The Common Photography, Corse Lawn. Normally £10 a pack. Contact the Tennis Club to arrange collection

£8 or more

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£10 Trioscape Restaurant Voucher

Kindly donated by Trioscape of Highleadon, 5 x £10 off vouchers for use in their in-house restaurant. Visit www.trioscape.co.uk/restaurant21 for full menu details and contact the Tennis club to claim your reward

£9 or more

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£10 HTA Gift Voucher

Generously donated by Trioscape, 5 x £10 HTA National Garden Gift Vouchers for use at Trioscape or many other garden centres across the country. Visit www.Trioscape.co.uk to view their wide selection of plants, shrubs and trees. Contact the Tennis Club to retrieve your reward.

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Bottle of Red Wine

A bottle of Californian Red Zinfandel from the Definitions wine range kindly donated by Majestic Wines of Gloucester. Full of black cherry and blackberry flavours, it’s the wine your rustic casserole needs. Contact the Club to arrange collection. Over 18's only

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Bottle of Red Wine

A bottle of Red Argentinian Malbec from Marcelo Pelleriti kindly donated by Majestic Wines of Gloucester. Inky, plush red. Black-fruity. Plummy. Spicy. A natural partner for steak. Contact the Club to arrange collection. Age restricted to 18 or over.

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Bottle of White Wine

A bottle of white Macon Villages Les Pierres Blancs kindly donated by Majestic of Gloucester. It’s fruity, juicy and refreshing – think citrus, green melon and a touch of honey, with a fresh finish. Fantastic with roast chicken. Contact the club to arrange collection.

£20 or more

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Give your pet a new Dog-bed

Generously donated by Toughmutts Country Pet Supplies of Staunton a dog bed suitable for a small/ medium dog. Arrange collection from the Tennis Club https://toughmutts.co.uk/

£20 or more

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£25 Voucher for a Racket Restring

Put the zing back into your game by re-stringing your racket before you next hit the courts. Kindly donated by Chris Pike - Professional Racquet Stringer, a restring normally costs between £15 and £45 depending on string type. Contact the club to claim your voucher

£25 or more

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Tennis Racket Restring

Kindly donated by Roger Bennett and worth up to £40, a full racket restring to enable you to polish up your game and get back onto the courts with added gusto. Contact the Tennis Club to claim your reward.

£33 or more

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60 Minute Sport Massage Treatment Gift Certificate

Kindly donated by Harriet Sport Massage Clinic in Hartpury, your 60 min session includes 45 mins of Pure Sport massage / Cupping Therapy to sooth away those aches and pains and revitalise your muscles; 10 mins assessment and 5 mins Plan and Progress. Normally £40 a session. Visit www.hsportmassage.com for more details and contact the Tennis Club to claim your reward

£80 or more

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Land Rover Experience at Eastor

A fantastic reward of 1 hour's driving experience for two people at the renowned off road track at Eastnor. Valued at £129 for the session you will navigate inclines, descents, water and more in a Land Rover Defender. See more at www.eastnor.landroverexperience.co.uk. Our thanks goes to the Team at Eastnor for their help in arranging the reward. Contact the Tennis Club to arrange your session.

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