Lighting up Winstanley Tennis Club

by Winstanley Tennis Club in Wigan, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom

We did it
On 14th March 2022 we successfully raised £15,386 ( + est. £1348.25 Gift Aid ) with 148 supporters in 28 days

To install LED floodlighting at Winstanley Tennis Club to enable more time for tennis by extending play into the darker evenings

by Winstanley Tennis Club in Wigan, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom

Who are we? 

Winstanley Tennis Club has just celebrated its centenary year. We are at the heart of the local community and have a diverse and growing membership, representing all age groups, walks of life and tennis ability, including beginners, social players and league competitors. We also offer extensive coaching opportunities to both members and non-members, including local disability groups, thus encouraging as many people as possible to give tennis a go and enjoy the social, physical and mental benefits that playing tennis brings.  


Covid 19 has hit the club hard 

The pandemic has restricted playing opportunities, social events and fundraising events since early 2020. However, since the courts have re-opened, we have seen an unprecedented level of demand to play and our membership numbers have grown by almost 20% as people look to engage in new activities to combat the impact of lock-down on their physical and mental well-being.

The Problem - It’s a daylight thing 

We enter numerous teams into local league competitions from juniors through to senior age categories. We also organise regular social tennis events which all have to be scheduled around daylight hours. Once September comes, many events unfortunately wind down until the new season starts again in April. Playing opportunities then become much more limited and largely restricted to weekends only for those players working full time. The club currently has only one court with old floodlights that are expensive to run and cannot meet the needs of the 200+ members.  


Our Solution - Additional LED floodlighting

We can satisfy the increased demand we now have by installing modern, energy-efficient LED floodlights on three of our newly re-surfaced courts. This will allow all-year availability of the tennis courts, creating far more playing opportunities for everyone.    

In 2021, we acquired planning permission to install these much-needed additional floodlights and have since then embarked on the task of seeking the funding need for the installation. 


The Challenge - Raising £45,000

The cost of installing the new floodlighting, including the upgrade of the existing single court lights to LED, is almost £45,000. The good news is, we have already managed to raise £30,000 via grants, plus some local fundraising events. 

We now hope that this Crowdfunding campaign will take us across the finishing line. By securing the grants we have and by hopefully raising the additional funds needed from Crowdfunding, this will help us to avoid reliance on loans and help keep membership fees and lighting costs to a minimum. 


The Future - More tennis for all

Once we have achieved our target and monies have been received, we expect to start installation of the floodlighting during Summer 2022. The club will then be able to offer significantly more playing opportunities already from September. 

Thank you so much for supporting our campaign.



This project offers rewards in return for your donation

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Court Sponsor

Be the proud sponsor of one of our 6 tennis courts! Your company name will be displayed on a banner on the court, plus you will benefit from promotion across social media and the club website. Sponsorship will run for 18 months!

£4 or more

Wigan Athletic Tickets - Entry to Prize Draw

We have two pairs of tickets to give away to the last home game of the season vs Plymouth on Saturday 23rd April. Could this be the promotion clinching game? Two winners will be drawn at random and will receive a pair of tickets each. Draw to take place by 20th March. Winners will be contacted directly and announced on social media.

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Quiz Night

Come and join us at our Quiz Night on 20th May! Prizes for the winners, plus a raffle. Teams of four - either form your team in advance or you can be allocated to a team on the night. Bar and refreshments available.

£8 or more

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Versatile BRC Neck Tube / Gaiter

Limited edition neck tube donated by Billinge Running Club. Made of 100% recycled material and featuring the running club branding. RRP £10. Neck tubes/gaiters can be used all year round, whether you're keeping the sun off the back of your neck, or looking for something to keep the chill off during winter. They can also be worn as a head accessory. See for info about this new club which welcomes everyone.

£10 or more

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Grand National Race Party

Enjoy entry to our Grand National Race Party event on 9th April from 2pm. Afternoon tea included in the ticket price. All the action on the big screen, plus bar available. Prize for the best hat!!

£12 or more

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Creations Hair & Barbering Studio £15 Voucher

£15 voucher for Creations Hair & Barbering Studio, Moor Road, Orrell. Expiry date June 2022. Check out some of their amazing recent styles and cuts at their Facebook page @creationshairandbarbering

£12 or more

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Head Tour Tennis Balls - 1 Dozen RRP £22!!!

We have secured another batch of Head Tour balls at the bargain price of £12 for a dozen. RRP is £22 so grab yourself a bargain and be ready for the season ahead. This further batch can be collected from the club only after 15th March. Collection details will be sent by email.

£15 or more

Hillarys Blinds £50 Voucher

£50 voucher which may be redeemed at Hillarys Blinds against any order of £175 or more. One voucher per customer. Visit to see their fantastic range of blinds, shutters and curtains.

£72 or more

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Renewing Weekday Member Special Offer!

Discounted special offer price for 2022 Weekday Member renewals. Normal price £90. Limited number available only!

£100 or more

New Adult Member Special Offer

Become a new member of Winstanley Tennis Club at a special introductory price! Whether you are a complete beginner or have played before, you will be warmly welcomed at this friendly club and will benefit from court access all year round, plus many social events and competitions.

£112 or more

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Renewing State Pension Age Member Special Offer!

Discounted special offer price for 2022 State Pension Age renewals. Normal price £140. Limited number available only!

£140 or more

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Renewing Full Playing Adult Member Special Offer!

Discounted special offer price for Full Playing Adult renewals. Normal price £175. Limited number available only!

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£10 Voucher for The Copper Tap Bar and Bistro

£10 gift voucher for The Copper Tap bar and bistro in Orrell. Expiry date August 2022. See or FB: for menus at this popular new bar.

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£10 Voucher for Hills Florist, Orrell

£10 voucher for any item in store at Hills Florist, Orrell Post. Excludes Relay or Interflora orders. Check out their great range of flowers on their website:

£10 or more

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50% off Crafting Workshop at "The Little Workshop"

Voucher for 50% off any craft workshop booked at The Little Workshop, Church Street, Orrell. Expires April 2023. One voucher per customer. The Little Workshop is a small independent gift and workshop, specialising in re-loved furniture, gifts, unique local artisan craft pieces and creative workshops. Check out their wide selection of locally produced gifts and old/new furniture at

£12 or more

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Head Tour Tennis Balls - 1 Dozen RRP £22!!!

Bargain price for 12 Head Tour tennis balls! RRP is £22 so grab yourself a bargain and be ready for the season ahead. The balls must be collected from the club and will be available from early March. The Head Tour tennis balls are made using Encore™ technology for long-lasting durability and better spin. The balls feature SmartOptik felt ensuring greater visibility at all times and on every surface.

£12 or more

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Two Cocktails @ The Posthouse Bar, Orrell Post

Voucher for 2x cocktails at The Posthouse Bar, Orrell Post. Check out the website for this popular bar at

£15 or more

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Private Tennis Lesson with Inclusive Tennis

One hour private tennis lesson to be provided by one of the Inclusive Tennis coaches. Time and date of lesson to be arranged directly with Inclusive Tennis.

£25 or more

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£25 Voucher for The Foot (The Holts Arms)

£25 voucher to be redeemed at The Foot / The Holts Arms. Voucher valid until 31st May 2022. Check out the tempting menus at this fantastic historic pub which dates back to 1721 at or via Facebook: @holtarmsbillinge

£26 or more

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3 Course Sunday Dinner for Two at the Delph Tavern

RRP £30. Enjoy a fabulous 3 Course Sunday Dinner for Two at the popular Delph Tavern. Menus and further information can be found on their Facebook page @TheDelphTavern. The voucher may be used any time during 2022.

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