Stocksfield Tennis Club Improvements & Development

Total raised £21,460

raised so far

+ est. £1239.75 Gift Aid



Improvements including resurfacing of our 4 courts and improving the perimeter fencing

We're still collecting donations

On the 5th June 2023 we'd raised £17,217 with 114 supporters in 56 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

 New stretch target

Any additional money raised will be invested back into the club.  As well as replenishing our development fund (which in now back to zero) we would like to consider pay-as-you-play options which would open up more opportunities for social play within the wider community.

Who are we?

Stocksfield & District Tennis Club was founded in 1956. Since then we have grown from having 3 to 4 outdoor, all weather courts and our clubhouse has grown from a shed to portacabin to permanent building! We are a friendly, active tennis club serving Stocksfield, Mickley, Prudhoe, Ovington, Ovingham, Hindley, Hedley on the Hill and surrounding areas. 


Why are we crowdfunding?

Stocksfield and District Tennis Club has been expertly ran by volunteers since it's foundation in 1956 and is a well-managed and well supported club. However the club is facing a number of items of exceptional expenditure in the short term in order to ensure it remains a safe and accessible facility for its members and the community.

Our existing court surfaces, installed in 2008, have come to the end of their lives. We invested in having the surfaces rejuvenated 2 year ago, but unfortunately that temporary fix is no longer viable. The courts now fail to drain properly and have become slippery and uneven despite some temporary repairs. This means the courts are becoming hazardous to play on. In order to continue as a community sports facility, it is essential for the safety of all to replace the court surfaces.

The fencing around our single court is old and the retaining posts have rotted through to the extent that some are completely broken and may fall. Again this causes a safety concern and requires urgent replacement. We also propose to add two new access gates to the fencing which could be used by those with impaired mobility and to provide access for modern maintenance equipment to keep the courts in prime condition moving forward.

In addition, a modern access system to improve public access to the courts and increase the use of the facility by the local community is planned.

This series of upcoming expenses has come closely after we suffered clubhouse damage due to damp and storm-damaged fencing behind the clubhouse during Storm Arwen which depleted our reserves. Nevertheless, through its sound management, the club has accumulated through its members subscriptions and fund- raising activities over several years, a development fund to cover a significant portion of the projected expense.

However, the fact that these large expenditures have arisen concurrently and on the back of recent work, together with the impact of COVID-19 disruptions over the last 2 years, we find that we now need to reach out to the wider community and local organisations to help with our fundraising efforts.

We also hope our crowdfunding efforts will attract new members who may not be aware of our small, friendly club nestled in a quiet residential location at Guessburn, Stocksfield.


Patched up court surface which is a tripping hazard1679071670_court_dirty.jpg

Wear & tear of the all weather surface means they are now extremely slippery1679071597_fence_rust_with_hole.jpg

Fence posts have become rusted, rotten and dangerous1679071615_fence_bent.jpg

Fence post bent by rust which is a safety and security risk1679252867_1679252865225.jpeg

Our current carpark which gets very muddy, is full of pot holes and sharp stones

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!

How we'll spend the money raised

With the wider community's generosity we hope to be able to replenish our sinking fund, which has been built up over many years but, as previously detailed, various unexpected expenditures have left a massive dent in our once-healthy balance.

We are replacing the court surfaces on all 4 courts to enable safe play and future prosperity of our club: Estimated costs: £60,000 plus VAT

We desperately need the fencing replaced to make it more safe and secure. We also will add another access gate: Estimated costs: £9,000 plus VAT

Our car park is in dire need of resurfacing: Estimated costs: £8,500 plus VAT


How our courts used to look and our aim is to have them looking smart and safe again

Community impact

Stocksfield Tennis Club are keen to attract new members in the wider community. All abilities, all ethnicities, all genders, all faiths and all ages are welcome. Our members range in age from 4 to 90 years old! 

We encouraged Ukranians refugees who moved to the village to join our club for free last year, as a taster for whether they would like to continue playing tennis with us. Our support is extended to any other refugee group in order to help them settle into their new homes.

Exercise is fundamental as part of a fit and healthy lifestyle. We would therefore like to encourage more new members and hope to use some of the funds to start an advertising campaign to make people more aware of our existence.

Post COVID-19, mental health has become so much more prevalent. Studies prove exercise can greatly impact a person's state of mind. Encouraging people to join our new and improved club and facilities would no only provide this outlet, but also give people the opportunity to meet and make new friends.

As well as providing a social tennis scene, we also offer competitive tennis via LTA approved leagues. There is an active coaching programme and school holiday camps provided by our coach for junior members. There are also opportunities for adult coaching either in groups or on a one to one basis. So whatever your tennis needs, we can help!

We have recently held social events at the local Cricket Club including a Race Night and Quiz Evening. We hope to continue providing social evenings not just for club members but for the local people to get involved too.


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This project offered rewards

£200 or more

Court Sponsorship - 1 Year

Advertise your business around our court for one year with a minimum donation of £200.00. Donation includes the costs of the banner.

£8 or more

£10 Voucher - Dessert Royale, Prudhoe

Dessert Royale have kindly donated 4 vouchers to spend in their recently opened dessert shop on Front Street, Prudhoe. Naughty, but nice!

£8 or more

"Take a trial" Voucher for GoLocal veg

GoLocal, Ovington has kindly donated 4 vouchers worth £11 each to trial 1 week's share of locally grown, seasonal vegetables

£8 or more

£10 voucher for use toward racquet restringing

The Racquet Man has kindly donated 5 £10 vouchers for use towards having your racquet restrung.

£10 or more

Free use of court for 1 hour

Donate to our club and you and 3 other people can use our courts for free for one hour!

£15 or more

30 garments ironed

Our member, Linden Stephenson, has kindly offered to iron up to 30 items for a donation of at least £15. One time offer only, be quick!

£20 or more

Discounted Junior Membership - £5

Donate today and join your young person for £5.

£20 or more

Forty mile round trip lift

Our member, Linden Stephenson, has kindly donated 3 hours of her time to give someone up to 40 mile round trip. This could be used for a hospital appointment, shopping trip or the like.

£22 or more

Carvery for 2 - The Falcon, Prudhoe

The Falcon have kindly donated a free carvery for 2 people

£23 or more

Free 1 to 1 Adult coaching session WORTH £30

An opportunity to have one to one coaching for one hour with our club coach, Tom Geary.

£50 or more

Non-member new Senior Membership for £50

Why not donate to a worthwhile cause and join the club too! If you have never been a member of Stocksfield & District Tennis Club, join for £50 with minimum £50 donation!

£175 or more

Diadem tennis racquet!

The Racquet Man has kindly donated one Diadem tennis racquet from the range available, in required grip size and strung to requirements. This offer is valued at over £215! Be quick, only one available.

£8 or more

£10 Voucher - Pizza Pizza, Prudhoe

Pizza Pizza Prudhoe have kindly donated a £10 voucher to spend on a take away from the Prudhoe shop. Valid until the end of April 2023.

£8 or more

£10 Voucher - No 22 Front Street, Prudhoe

No 22 Front Street have kindly donated a £10 voucher for use in their cafe

£8 or more

£10 Voucher, Corbridge Larder

Corbridge Larder have kindly donated a £10 voucher to spend in their shop.

£8 or more

£10 Voucher - Corbridge Cookshop & Acanthus

Corbridge Cookshop & Acanthus have kindly donated 5 vouchers to spend in their shop

£8 or more

£10 Voucher - Bywell Coffee Barn

Bywell Coffee Barn have kindly donated 2 vouchers to spend in their cafe

£8 or more

£10 Voucher - Kirsty Taylor Goldsmith, Corbridge

Kirsty Taylor has kindly donated £10 voucher to spend in her shop at 2 Middle St, Corbridge NE45 5AT

£8 or more

24 pack toilet roll

Essity have kindly donated bundles of toilet roll. They never come in wrong!

£9 or more

Buy 1 get 1 free Afternoon Tea, Balls of Prudhoe

Ball of Prudhoe have kindly donated two for the price of one afternoon teas.

£12 or more

£15 Voucher - Aramee, Prudhoe

Aramee, Prudhoe have kindly donated £15 to spend on a take away or in their restaurant on Front Street, Prudhoe

£16 or more

£20 Voucher - Gloria Restaurant, Prudhoe

Gloria Restaurant in Prudhoe have kindly donated a £20 voucher for use in their restaurant

£18 or more

£20 Voucher - McGees DIY, Prudhoe

McGees of Prudhoe have kindly donated a voucher to spend in their shop on Prudhoe Front Street

£18 or more

Vase donated by Nicky Jones Furniture & Interiors

Nicky Jones in Corbridge has kindly donated a gorgeous blue and neutral hand made pottery vase worth £20.

£18 or more

£20 Voucher -At Your Service Catering, Stocksfield

At Your Service Catering, based at Stocksfield Golf Club, have kindly donated a £20 voucher to spend in their restaurant.

£20 or more

£25 Voucher - Peake Performance

Peake Performance, based at Northumberland Tennis Club, have kindly donated a voucher for £25 to spend in their shop.

£20 or more

2 hours of cleaning £20 Reward

Kindly donated by Linden Stephenson

£22 or more

£25 voucher - Shorts of Corbridge

Shorts of Corbridge, Menswear, have kindly donated a £25 voucher to spend in their shop at 11 Middle St, Corbridge NE45 5AT

£22 or more

£25 voucher - Jessie Juniper, Corbridge

Jessie Juniper, Ladieswear, has kindly donated a £25 voucher to spend in their store at 22 Hill St, Corbridge NE45 5AA

£25 or more

£30 Voucher - Oli & Joes, Prudhoe

Oli & Joes have kindly donated a £30 voucher to spend in their Prudhoe restaurant. Valid until June 2023.

£25 or more

£30 Voucher - The Wellington, Riding Mill

The Wellington, Riding Mill, have kindly donated a £30 voucher to spend in their bar/restaurant.

£25 or more

Kew Botanical Hand & Body Herbis Gift Set

Corbridge Garden Room have kindly donated a gift set worth £28.

£30 or more

Free Golf Lesson at Stocksfield Golf Club

Fancy your hand at golf? Donate at least £30 to receive one free golf lesson with Stocksfield Golf Club's pro. Hurry, there's only one reward so it will go quick!

£35 or more

£40 voucher - No 18 Boutique, Mickley

No 18 Boutique, Mickley have kindly donated a voucher for use in their hair and beauty salon.

£60 or more

Existing Senior Members join for £100

We would encourage all members to help support your club, but as an extra incentive the first 10 members to donate £60 or over can join for £100. You may choose not to take up this offer, the choice is yours!

£75 or more

£100 carpet/upholstery cleaning voucher

Independent Restoration, based at Low Prudhoe, have kindly donated a voucher worth £100 towards your carpet or upholstery cleaning. Hurry, only 1 available!

£75 or more

Overnight Stay for 2 at Close House, Heddon

Sintons Law, Newcastle, have kindly donated an overnight stay for 2 at Close House on a room only basis. This stay is worth £100!

£100 or more

MJ Forster Ltd Edition Watercolour worth £150

MJ Forster Gallery, Corbridge has generously donated one of his limited edition contemporary watercolour landscape prints entitled "The Western Isles".

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