Resurfacing two courts at Rudgwick Tennis Club

by Amelia Calvert in Horsham, West Sussex, United Kingdom

Total raised £15,423

raised so far

+ est. £838.00 Gift Aid

108

supporters

We need YOUR help in order to resurface two of our courts and keep Rudgwick Tennis Club thriving!

by Amelia Calvert in Horsham, West Sussex, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 16th March 2024 we'd raised £15,360 with 107 supporters in 28 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

 New stretch target

Any extra money raised will go directly towards renewing and upgrading the court floodlighting to LED in order to make the club more sustainable, eco friendly and reduce our energy outgoings.


WHO ARE WE?

Rudgwick Tennis Club is a fantastic village tennis club with 4 courts on the King George V recreation field at Bucks Green, Rudgwick in West Sussex. Our current membership comprises over 100 adults and nearly 100 juniors.  Members cover all ages - from under 7s to over 75s and we have been going over 50 years. (Top photo below is Girls U16 team, champions of whole of Sussex in 2021).

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In 2017 we found ourselves without a clubhouse – having previously shared premises with sports clubs using the same field - and so the club’s committee decided to build its own new clubhouse at a cost of around £60,000, opening in 2019. The club used 100% of its reserves, raising the balance with donations from members and a successful fundraising event. (Photo above, bottom right, of clubhouse opening with one of the founding members of the club in the middle). The club has thrived since, holding regular social events – both on court and off court in the clubhouse. We enter the Sussex leagues (with increasing success) and host matches, run  popular coaching sessions, especially amongst juniors, and were voted Tennis Club of the Year in 2022 at the Tennis Sussex Awards!

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In 2022 we had to convert Courts 1 & 2 from an impermeable acrylic surface to all-weather tarmac (in photos above) as increasing heavy rain meant these courts were often unusable, leaving only two all-weather courts (3 & 4) available for play. With a significant membership & four teams in Sussex leagues this was unsustainable so we spent nearly £30,000 to ensure we had 4 courts playable in all but extreme conditions, leaving our reserves again below £10,000.

Unfortunately courts 3 & 4 are now at the end of their natural life, with one unplayable and the other only fit when dry. In addition, the conversion of courts 1 & 2, which sit at a higher level to courts 3 & 4, has created a drainage issue in heavy rain, which requires additional expenditure. To address the drainage problem and re-surface courts 3 & 4 with all-weather tarmac will cost over £30,000.

 

WHY ARE WE CROWDFUNDING?

We are crowdfunding to ask for the support of the wider and online community, not just our club members, to help raise crucial funds needed to resurface courts 3 & 4. We have tried to create sufficient funds from within the club but recent necessary expenditure has forced us to look further and wider. 

We will be increasing our annual membership subscriptions in the spring by an average of 8%. Any more would make us uncompetitive with other local clubs and may lead to a drop in members. We are determined to remain an accessible club to the local community, keeping membership costs low with adults heavily subsidising juniors up to 24yrs old. While subscriptions will contribute nearly £15,000 that still leaves us to find around £15,000 from other sources. Otherwise there will be decreased play and, either we will lose members or, we will be forced to ration use of our courts by reducing our popular junior coaching programme. We must resurface before our busiest period – May to September. 

We are also having to factor into our budget a massive increase in energy costs for our floodlights (around 30%) which helps maximise court use in the winter months.

(Photos below showing junior coaching and Supper Club in the clubhouse) 

1707922744_img_5981.jpgHaving recently held a fundraising event and appealed directly to members, both to finance our new clubhouse, we are now turning elsewhere - to crowdfunding. We have heard how successful crowdfunding can be for grassroots sports clubs like ourselves so feel this is a great opportunity to explore.

Not only will a successful crowdfunding campaign help develop the facilities of a welcoming and competitive grassroots tennis club but it will also help spread the word of our new facilities. We hope this will soon include not just 2, but 4 recently resurfaced courts as well as a new clubhouse. 

HOW WILL WE SPEND THE MONEY RAISED?


All the money raised will go directly towards the cost of resurfacing our tennis courts 3 & 4.

 

WHAT IS THE IMPACT ON THE COMMUNITY?

The community will benefit by club members having increased access to safe, playable courts (currently there is reduced play, especially in the winter months as two courts become too slippery and dangerous for play). Also, more members of the community will hear about the club and its’ facilities through the crowdfunding campaign.  

The health benefits of playing tennis outside cannot be underestimated, as for many sports clubs; fresh air, exercise, teamwork, challenge and skill development, not to mention fun. Some of our members play 5 times a week with tennis at the club being a crucial part of their social life and wellbeing.

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HOW CAN YOU PLAY YOUR PART? 

  • Make a pledge by making a one-off donation and help keep the momentum going for our campaign!
  • Share this page with your friends and family to ask if they might do the same - every penny helps. And could you share on your social media pages?
  • Offer rewards. If you’re a local business you can pledge a reward that might encourage other supporters to get on board and give visibility to your business.. (food/drink voucher? Tennis-related voucher like racquet re-string, coaching session? Tour/experience/beauty treatment?). Just click 'Contact Project' on the project page and we will help you organise. 
  • Fundraise for us. Feel free to run your own fundraiser – maybe a sponsored activity or similar – just use the ‘contact project’ button at the top of our page to let us know. (You just set up your own page which takes a few mins and you won’t need any bank details).

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THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Rewards

This project offered rewards

£22 or more

Tennis Racquet Restring by coach Warwick Pistorius

A restring of your tennis racquet by Warwick from Coaching 4 All Tennis. http://www.coaching4alltennis.co.uk/Pages/Warwick-Pistorius Racquet to be collected from the club on a mutually agreed date. RRP £25

£38 or more

EXCLUSIVE Firebird Brewery Tour

A pair of tickets for an Exclusive Firebird Brewery Tour (Firebird no longer hold tours) to be held on Sat13thApr.24 With thanks to Richard Peters at Firebird Brewing. See www.firebird.beer for further info. Our tour is a great experience, whether it's the science and history of brewing you're interested in, or just the beer! Includes beer, your own Firebird branded glass and 10% off all our beers in our shop. RRP £40

£90 or more

French 1:1 Tuition,Theresa Hart, 6x1hr sessions

Theresa is offering a block of 6 x 1:1 1hr sessions for tuition in French for students up to A Level standard. Theresa speaks fluent French & has French A-level, plus she has taught for the Club Francaise & run many French conversation classes. Available from April. RRP £180

£270 or more

Unique eco-stay in farm Tiny House, sleeps 6

A unique experience staying in this hi-tech Tiny House set in a quiet field at Holmbush Farm, Faygate, West Sussex. Sleeps up to 6 people. Option for 3 nights weekday (Sun-Thurs eves) or 2 nights weekend (Fri & Sat eves). To be arranged on mutually convenient dates. See airbnb.com/h/olinda-tiny-house for full details. RRP £320.

£10 or more

Firebird Beer Token

Beer Token to be redeemed in Firebird's Brewery Bar or Brewery Shop. See www.firebird.beer for further info. With special thanks to Richard Peters at Firebird Brewing Co.

£10 or more

Homemade Jam & Marmalade - 3 jars

3 jars of locally made preserve, using local fruit, made by Jackie Blizard: - 2 jars of 2024 Seville orange marmalade - 1 jar of mixed fruit jelly (raspberry, loganberry, blackberry, redcurrant and blackcurrant) To be collected from the club a mutually agreed time. RRP £12

£10 or more

Homemade Blackberry Jam - 3 jars

3 jars of Blackberry Jam, homemade by Mrs Bloomfield. To be collected from the club on a mutually agreed date. RRP £12

£10 or more

2 Tubes of 4 Tennis Balls

Tube of Tennis Balls, supplied by the RLTC. To be collected at the club on a mutually agreed date.

£10 or more

Milk Churn Voucher

Voucher for the Milk Churn in Rudgwick https://www.bookhamharrison.co.uk/the-milk-churn

£12 or more

Farm Shop Voucher

Vouchers for Holmbush Farm Shop where you can buy anything from sandwiches, bacon rolls and teas/coffees to cakes, biscuits and fresh eggs. More info here: https://holmbush.farm/farm-shop/ RRP £15

£15 or more

Vase of fresh and seasonal garden flowers

Small vase of fresh and seasonal garden flowers, hand picked from Ruth's fabulous garden and arranged by Amelia (from Rudgwick Tennis Club). For collection from the tennis club or mutually agreed location at a prearranged time. RRP £20

£15 or more

Studio 2 Moroccan Oil Treatment & Blow Dry

Studio 2 Designer Hair Care are offering a Moroccan Oil Treatment & Blow Dry. More info of Studio 2 here: https://www.studio2horsham.co.uk/ RRP Oil Treatment is £18 (that comes with a complimentary blow dry, otherwise worth £27)

£15 or more

Pilates 1 class x 2 people with Carol Boughton

1 Pilates class for 2 people with Carol Boughton. See www.carolboughton.co.uk for further info.

£19 or more

30mins Junior Tennis Coaching with Amy Pistorius

30 minutes of junior tennis coaching with our coach from Rudgwick Tennis Club, Amy Pistorius. To be held on a mutually agreed date at the Club. RRP £21.50 More details on Amy here: http://www.coaching4alltennis.co.uk/Pages/Amy-Pistorius

£20 or more

Homemade Cake

Large two tiered cake, filled and topped with delicious icing! Handmade by Amelia (member of Rudgwick Tennis Club). Different flavours available - see options. Cake to be collected from the tennis club or mutually agreed location at a convenient date. RRP £25

£30 or more

45mins Adult Tennis Coaching with Amy Pistorius

45 minutes of adult tennis coaching with our coach from Rudgwick Tennis Club, Amy Pistorius. To be held on a mutually agreed date at the Club. RRP £32.50 More details on Amy here: http://www.coaching4alltennis.co.uk/Pages/Amy-Pistorius

£30 or more

Yoga Vouchers for Iriness Yoga & Wellbeing

Vouchers x 2 for an Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga class at Iriness studio in Horsham. Option to use for a Mon 6.30pm all levels class, or a Thurs 6.30pm class for those with some experience. Further info here: https://iriness.com. With thanks to Irina Pashkevich Bourdier for the vouchers. RRP £36

£45 or more

Horsham Fitness 1 month membership (8 classes)

A monthly membership of Horsham Fitness consisting of two fitness classes a week, 8 in total. Further info here: www.horshamfitness.co.uk. With thanks to Katie Warman & Don De Vita for their kind donation. RRP £52

£48 or more

Massage for 30mins with Cranfold Physio

Choice of sports or remedial massage at Cranfold Physical Therapy Centre in Cranleigh. Length of 30mins www.cranfoldphysio.co.uk RRP £56.50

£50 or more

Tickets for a Brighton Premiership Football Match

Join Nigel Wait as a Brighton supporter for a premiership home match at the Amex Stadium – to liaise with Nigel to choose match before end of 24/25 season (but not against Liverpool or Newcastle). Nigel will take or meet you (whatever convenient) & organize parking within 15 mins’ walk of stadium. Club rules are strict for these seats: you must support Brighton on the day!! Approx RRP £50 – though these tickets are not available to buy.

£55 or more

Bespoke Birthday Cake

A handmade Birthday cake made bespoke by Jane Thomas for a mutually agreed date. RRP of £75. Selection available on Jane's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/delighted_faces?utm_source=qr&igsh=NWQzbXV4NjNod29q

£85 or more

One month online Coaching Program, Heather Smith

Heather Smith of Fitbiz Training - a personal trainer and nutrition advisor - is offering this program with a 1:1 coaching appointment to create a personalised nutrition or exercise plan, or a combination of both, plus one month's remote support, supporting you as you put your plan into action. See more here: www.fitbiztraining.co.uk/online-coaching/, and Facebook here: www.facebook.com/groups/fitbiztraining. RRP £90.

£380 or more

EXCLUSIVE Firebird Brewery Tour (Group)

An Exclusive group Firebird Brewery Tour; nb the Brewery no longer holds tours! Kindly made available thanks to Richard Peters at Firebird. Tour for up to 20 people, on a mutually agreed date Mon-Wed eve or Sat/Sun late am. RRP £400 See www.firebird.beer. Our tour is a great experience, whether it's the science & history of brewing you're interested in, or just the beer! Tour includes beer, Firebird branded glass & 10% off in our shop.

£600 or more

Rudgwick Tennis Membership for 5 years – Adult

An outstanding offer at £600 – buy 5 years of membership for the price of 4. The real saving is even larger as you will avoid any inflationary increases over that 5 year period.

£1,000 or more

Rudgwick Tennis Membership for 5 years – Couple

An outstanding offer at £1,000 – buy 5 years of membership for the price of 4. The real saving is even larger as you will avoid any inflationary increases over that 5 year period.

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