Rally for Renewal: South Shields Tennis Court Fund

by Chris Grant in South Shields, Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom

Total raised £8,240

£20,000 target 10 days left
41% 77 supporters
Keep what you raise – this project will receive all pledges made by 7th June 2024 at 11:22am

Help us to raise funds to renew our courts, securing our future, ensuring a quality playing surface for our community.

by Chris Grant in South Shields, Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom

Who are we?

South Shields (Westoe) Tennis club is a friendly, welcoming club and we pride ourselves on our inclusive attitude to members of any age, gender or ability. Our members currently have an age range from 4 to 89! We offer a mix of social and competitive tennis, and offer a wide variety of coaching courses, popular with all of our junior and adult members. We provide year-round tennis facilities with the only flood-lit all-weather courts in the local area.

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Why are we crowdfunding?

Our club suffered severe financial hardship during the COVID period, and this hardship was exasperated by storm damage sustained during Storm Arwen in November 2021, which forced our clubhouse to close for more than 2 years. Our facilities have only recently reopened.

We recently made a substantial investment in our club by replacing our floodlights, which were in need of urgent repair due to safety issues. 

However, our playing surface is now well past its expected life cycle. For a playing surface to meet safety standards, courts need to be resurfaced approximately every 10 - 15 years. Our courts are now more than 25 years old, so we urgently need to raise additional funds to be able to replace them. The lines have become detached from the surface, causing dangerous trip hazards. The sand from the all weather surface has gradually eroded away, making the courts incredibly slippery.

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How we’ll spend the money raised

The base underneath our courts needs to be completely relaid, and then new courts laid on top.

The expected cost of this process is around £75,000. We have currently raised around £25,000 towards this, but need your support to get closer towards our goal.

Community impact

Our club is open from 8AM to 10PM, 365 days a year. Members can play for free at any time, or there is a small fee for the public to book a court through our online booking system. We run different coaching sessions, 3 days a week which are targeted at different demographics within the community.

We have a highly engaged membership base. We run social tennis on Mondays and Thursdays, and team training evenings on Wednesdays, meaning our courts are full most nights.

We run dedicated tennis camps for children, providing affordable childcare that encourages activity and future participation, and welcome other community groups who regularly use our courts during the day in the summer months.

Our facilities are not only used by our members, but also by other sports clubs in the area that we have partnerships with. We host joint sport summer camps with our partner rugby and cricket clubs. Last year more than 100 children took part, with a large percentage of these being from disadvantaged backgrounds. The camps were fully funded and provided free childcare and healthy lunches. As our courts were the only all weather surface available to these camps, sessions could not have gone ahead on rainy days.

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It is vital that we now replace our courts to make them safe for everyone in our community.

How you can play your part

We now need the help of our members (past and present), supporters and friends to pledge funds and secure the future of our club, so we can continue to help the local community to improve both their physical health and their mental well-being. Here's how you can help:

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

2. Spread the word. Share our project on your social media and encourage everyone 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!

We've prepared an exciting package of rewards to show our appreciation for your support. Thank you for taking the time to read our story. We are incredibly grateful for any contribution that you can provide.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£5 or more

40 of 165 claimed

Rivelino Ticket

A ticket for the brilliant band, Rivelino, who are playing at The County on Saturday 21st September at 8.00pm to help us raise funds for the club.

£10 or more

1 of 3 claimed

1 Month Coaching - Age 5-6

1 month of group tennis coaching for 5-6 year olds.

£10 or more

1 of 3 claimed

1 Month Coaching - Age 7-11

1 month of group tennis coaching for 7-11 year olds.

£10 or more

0 of 3 claimed

1 Month Coaching - Age 12-16

1 month of group tennis coaching for 12-16 year olds.

£15 or more

2 of 3 claimed

Private Tennis Lesson

A 1 hour private tennis lesson with one of our coaches.

£15 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£20 Nomad Flower Den Voucher

£20 voucher for Nomad Flower Den in Cleadon

£15 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£20 Voucher for Mick Pratt Hairdressing

£20 Voucher for Mick Pratt Hairdressing, 30 Dean Road

£20 or more

South Shields Tennis T-Shirt

South Shields Tennis Club branded T-Shirt

£30 or more

1 of 3 claimed

BeModern Fire Pit

Infuse your garden with a touch of cozy tranquility with the exquisitely crafted, modern fire pit by BeModern. RRP £50.

£30 or more

0 of 1 claimed

UniFlame Portable Charcoal Grill

43x32cm cooking area. Hinged lid for slow cooking and use with smoking chips. Easier clean porcelain coated cooking grid. Separate warming rack. Air vent for temperature control.

£30 or more

South Shields Tennis 1/2 Zip Top

A South Shields Tennis branded 1/2 zip jacket. It includes ribbing at cuffs and waist for optimal fit. This jacket is excellent for training and also as tracksuit top.

£35 or more

Under 14 Membership

Membership for under 14 year olds for the 2024 season.

£45 or more

Under 16 Membership

Membership for under 16 year olds for the 2024 season.

£50 or more

1 Year Westoe & South Shields Club Membership

1 Year tennis club membership for existing Westoe & South Shields Club members.

£60 or more

Under 18 Membership

Membership for under 18 year olds for the 2024 season.

£90 or more

0 of 1 claimed

2 Black Cats Tickets

Two adult tickets for the Black Cats Bar. RRP £130

£135 or more

1 Year Over 65 Membership

Senior (Over 65) membership for the 2024 season. Our membership benefits include: Free use of the courts at any time. Reduced coaching prices. Online booking system. Use of floodlights whenever required. Social tennis three times a week. Free British Tennis Membership (worth £25 a year). Access to play in the club's teams.

£150 or more

1 Year Adult Membership

Full adult membership for the 2024 season. Our membership benefits include: Free use of the courts at any time. Reduced coaching prices. Online booking system. Use of floodlights whenever required. Social tennis three times a week. Free British Tennis Membership (worth £25 a year). Access to play in the club's teams.

£270 or more

2 Year Over 65 Membership

Senior (Over 65) membership for the 2024 and 2025 seasons. Our membership benefits include: Free use of the courts at any time. Reduced coaching prices. Online booking system. Use of floodlights whenever required. Social tennis three times a week. Free British Tennis Membership (worth £25 a year). Access to play in the club's teams.

£300 or more

2 Year Adult Membership

Full adult membership for the 2024 and 2025 seasons. Our membership benefits include: Free use of the courts at any time. Reduced coaching prices. Online booking system. Use of floodlights whenever required. Social tennis three times a week. Free British Tennis Membership (worth £25 a year). Access to play in the club's teams.

£405 or more

3 Year Over 65 Membership

Senior (Over 65) membership for the 2024, 2025 and 2026 seasons. Our membership benefits include: Free use of the courts at any time. Reduced coaching prices. Online booking system. Use of floodlights whenever required. Social tennis three times a week. Free British Tennis Membership (worth £25 a year). Access to play in the club's teams.

£450 or more

3 Year Adult Membership

Full adult membership for the 2024, 2025 and 2026 seasons. Our membership benefits include: Free use of the courts at any time. Reduced coaching prices. Online booking system. Use of floodlights whenever required. Social tennis three times a week. Free British Tennis Membership (worth £25 a year). Access to play in the club's teams.

£540 or more

4 Year Over 65 Membership

Senior (Over 65) membership for the 2024, 2025, 2026 and 2027 seasons. Our membership benefits include: Free use of the courts at any time. Reduced coaching prices. Online booking system. Use of floodlights whenever required. Social tennis three times a week. Free British Tennis Membership (worth £25 a year). Access to play in the club's teams.

£600 or more

4 Year Adult Membership

Full adult membership for the 2024, 2025, 2026 and 2027 seasons. Our membership benefits include: Free use of the courts at any time. Reduced coaching prices. Online booking system. Use of floodlights whenever required. Social tennis three times a week. Free British Tennis Membership (worth £25 a year). Access to play in the club's teams.

£675 or more

5 Year Over 65 Membership

Senior (Over 65) membership for the 2024, 2025 and 2026 seasons. Our membership benefits include: Free use of the courts at any time. Reduced coaching prices. Online booking system. Use of floodlights whenever required. Social tennis three times a week. Free British Tennis Membership (worth £25 a year). Access to play in the club's teams.

£750 or more

5 Year Adult Membership

Full adult membership for the 2024, 2025, 2026 and 2027 seasons. Our membership benefits include: Free use of the courts at any time. Reduced coaching prices. Online booking system. Use of floodlights whenever required. Social tennis three times a week. Free British Tennis Membership (worth £25 a year). Access to play in the club's teams.

£10 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Gents Haircut at Todd’s Chop Shop

Gents haircut at Todd’s Chop Shop, Nevinson Avenue. RRP £15.

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Deluxe Wooden Game House

A deluxe wooden game house. Includes 10 Chess, Draughts, Chinese Checkers, Mancala, Noughts & Crosses, Snakes and Ladders, Backgammon, and more. The games are housed in a sturdy wood box for durability and easy storage. RRP £31.

£25 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Laphroaig 10 Year Islay Single Malt Scotch Whiskey

Laphroaig 10 Year Old stands out with its intensely smoky and iodine-rich profile, making it one of the most distinctive drams from Scotland. Famous for their medicinal-tasting malts, Laphroaig's classic 10-year-old expression exemplifies this style. RRP £35.

£40 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Tynebank Brewery Beer

12 500ml bottles and 12 400ml cans from Tynebank Brewery.

£60 or more

1 of 1 claimed

2 Newcastle Airport Aspire Lounge Tickets

RRP £80

£90 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Interim Car Service

An interim car service from LG MOT. RRP £150

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