Swing for Good! 24 Hour Tennis Marathon

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Project by Lisa Wildman

Total raised £4,916

£6,000 target 23 days left
81% 92 supporters

Get Set 4 Tennis will be holding a 24 hour tennis marathon across the 29th and 30th June. Helping to raise vital funds for the club.

Who are we?

Get Set 4 Tennis are an award-winning fully inclusive community tennis club providing free or affordable tennis to over 1000 children and adults every week. We have two venues; Denham Way Recreation Ground, Maple Cross and Manor House Grounds, Abbots Langley. Since May 2023 we have been fortunate enough to take on a fully renovated site for a 15 year lease, enabling us to provide so much more than just tennis to the local community. As a result of this work, we were named Hertfordshire LTA Tennis 4 All Award Winners for our work in inclusion. Our 7th award in 5 years. 

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Community Impact

For the past three years, GS4 have run crowdfunding pages which have been extremely well received by the local community and raised lots of vital funds to support our work. 

Our work this year has very much had a community focus. We have a fantastic new hub building allowing us to run creative SEND club, Lego club, and Art Club. We have opened as a warm safe space every Thursday and we welcome the Inclusion Project once a week. This space is so important to our community as many are disadvantaged either physically or financially. It allows everyone to be able to access extra curricular clubs and learn new skills. 

The building has also been used to host parties, open days and other community events. 

This is all in addition to our usual outreach programmes with local SEND schools, nurseries and within areas of deprivation. 

Our career pathway for children with additional needs also goes from strength to strength as we are now piloting an LTA initiative for young people with additional needs to get the support required to gain an LTA Level 1 coaching badge, this is the only project of its kind in the UK. 

We have also introduced mental well being projects and tennis leaders courses. These projects are so important to our local community and offer tennis as a vehicle to change lives. With mental health statistics continually rising in young people we offer early intervention support to children aged 7-18 through bespoke courses. 

Our leaders courses are for young people aged 11-16 in our local community to gain skills to support tennis club and other sporting venues. They are offered volunteering and even some paid work after they have completed the course. We particularly offer children who are likely to fall into the criminal justice system a place on this course. 

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With huge thanks to Three Rivers District Council for all their support. 

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This was our quote last year and it remains the same to this day….

Our aim is anyone can have a go and make new friends regardless of their ability/disability and financial circumstances. Sport should have no barriers.

All equipment provided and EVERYONE is welcome!

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Last years crowdfunding campaign........

A massive THANK YOU to everyone who supported last years crowdfunding campaign and raised a hugely impressive £8091 for our Serving the Community project. This money covered the cost of our first years rent and we were able to use the money left over to pay water and electricity bills. Although this doesnt sound very exciting, without this money we would of had to increase fees considerably which is really not what our club is about. It also meant we could introduce a range of new clubs and programmes to our community without having to charge a large amount and some offered free of charge. 

This years target is the same and just as important as it is very rare to be able to gain a grant for running costs........

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Why are we crowdfunding?

Unfortunately our running costs are not going to disappear, if anything they will be growing! We have much larger overheads then ever before with rent, electricity, water, wifi and a sinking fund to allow for future maintenance. 

In order for us to keep lessons, activities, camps, everything we do, low cost, fundraising projects like this are vital. Without the support from the local community it will be incredibly hard to achieve everything we would like to for the local community. 

From feedback, we know how incredibly important it is to our families and the local community that this facility is able to offer a year round package both on and off the tennis court. Many of the areas of the community we work with are isolated and/or vulnerable and this facility will enable us to bring people together.

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How we’ll spend the money raised

Basic running costs (rent, water, electricity and wifi) for the Maple Cross facility are around £12,000 per year. Last year our crowdfunding page raised £8000 towards this which was massively important. 

This doesn't take into account our highly subsidised pay-as-you-go lessons. Most local clubs charge upfront membership fee and then over £10 per hour for lessons. We are between £5-£7.50 with absolutely no up front fee, making us unique in our area. Therefore any additional funds over this £12,000 will go towards these subsidised lessons. In any event, absolutely all money raised will go towards supporting these programmes to ensure we continue making tennis and our community hub accessible to those most in need in our community.

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We know that the cost of living crisis sees many local families struggling financially. Sadly we know sport is the first thing to be stopped when money is tight but often has the greatest detrimental impact on both physical and mental health. This is why we feel that it's so important now to continue and expand our offering to the local community why we hope you will consider supporting us, and supporting Mark and Jon to play tennis for 24hours!

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Rewards

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

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Cocktail Making with Alex

For ADULTS ONLY. Did you know that coach Alex used to be a bar man? Join us on Saturday 29th June from 7-10pm making cocktails and having fun! (There is a mocktail version for younger ones!)

£2 or more

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Wimbledon Seeds

Pay £2 and choose a ticket (the lower the number the better) each number will correspond to a Wimbledon player. If your player wins then you will receive 50% of the prize money! Men and womens seeds will be mixed

£3 or more

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Lego Class

Join Diana from 3.30-4.30pm and create a special tennis scene all from Lego! This class is FULLY inclusive

£5 or more

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Art Class with Diana

Create something wonderful with Diana in this art class. Children and adults welcome. This session is FULLY inclusive. Saturday 29th June from 2-3pm

£5 or more

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Table Tennis Competition

Enter the first ever GS4 Table Tennis Competition. Categories will be 12-16's and Adults Saturday 29th June from 7-10pm. Bar will be available throughout

£5 or more

Breakfast at GS4

If you are part of the early morning shift or the over night shift, why not book for breakfast! Bacon or sausage sandwich or pastries and a hot drink. Sunday 30th June from 7-9am

£5 or more

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A pair of tickets to the Lexus British Open

The Lexus British Open Roehampton will see top wheelchair athletes and junior players take to the grass courts at the Wimbledon Qualifying and Community Sports Centre, Roehampton. Tickets available for Sunday 30th June and Wednesday 3rd July

£6 or more

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Mini Fete Saturday 29th June 11.30-2.30pm

A mini fete for everyone to enjoy! A one off amount will cover unlimited squash, facepainting, glitter tattoos, arts and crafts and unlimited use of bouncy. There will also be a tennis obstacle course to complete with prizes for everyone. The ice cream van will also be visiting us but that will be at an extra charge.

£10 or more

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Mocktail Making with Alex

For those who are under age or not keen on alcohol!! Did you know that coach Alex used to be a bar man? Join us on Saturday 29th June from 7-10pm making mocktails and having fun!

£10 or more

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4 sessions at 24fit Bootcamp Maple Cross

Usually worth £24 get in shape for summer with this month of bootcamp sessions led by Richard and our very own Mark

£10 or more

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A pair of tickets to see any Watersmeet Film

Support our local theatre (and the tennis club) with this pair of tickets to see any Watersmeet film screening

£15 or more

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£25 Snow Centre Voucher

Hit the slopes this summer with a great snow centre voucher!

£20 or more

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Signed QPR Pennant from the 2023/24 Season

Signed by all the players of the 2023/24 season. A must for any QPR fan!

£20 or more

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2023 Wimbledon Ladies Towel

These beautiful Christy Towels are a lovely bright pink. Official Wimbledon merchandise. Selling online for £48!

£20 or more

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Durans Cafe Family Breakfast (4 people)

Fancy a fry up? Or some pancakes? Head to Durans Cafe for a great breakfast for the whole family

£20 or more

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Aldenham Country Park Pass

2 adult and 2 child farm passes, 3 bags of animal feed and car parking! A really lovely day for the family. Usual cost £31

£50 or more

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Venture Photography Photo Shoot worth £315

An amazing opportunity for a photo shoot worth £315 Held in professional studios in Eton, you can choose from a family shoot, pet, maternity or couples. A wonderful treat or gift for you and your family

£80 or more

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100ml Elemis Pro Collagen Marine Cream Worth £165

The ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Marine Cream SPF 30 is nothing short of a skincare revelation. From its luxurious texture to its transformative effects, this product has earned its place as a perennial favorite in my skincare routine.

£500 or more

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Silver Sponsorship Package

Company Signage on court Awards Evening Sponsor A saving of £50 on our usual price

£1,000 or more

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Gold Sponsorship Package

Company Signage on court Company signage in community hub Awards Evening Sponsor A Saving of £500 on our usual price! Logo on Coaching Team Clothing (sleeve)

£2,000 or more

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Platinum Sponsorship Package

Company Signage On Court Company Signage in community hub Sponsorship of Tournaments (certificates and medals) Principal Awards Evening Sponsor Dedicated Award to present on the evening Website Advertising Sponsor of Programme and Camp Flyers (9 per year) Sponsorship of club mental health project Logo on Coaching Team Clothing (back) A saving of £1000 on our usual price!

£3 or more

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£10 Chenies Garden Centre Voucher

A voucher for the lovely Chenies Garden Centre. They have a cafe and many many lovely flowers and plants to choose from!

£10 or more

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Cookie Pie from Totally Perfect Treats

These cookie pies are UNBELIEVABLY good!! Not so good for your waistline but go ahead and treat yourself.....you wont be sorry! Take a look on Totally Perfect Treats on Instagram for the choice of flavours. Usual cost £20

£10 or more

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£20 DJ's Soft Play Voucher

Great fun for all the family with this DJ's soft play voucher!

£10 or more

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A pair of tickets for The Elgiva

2 tickets for any love screening or film at the beautiful Elgiva Theatre in Chesham

£15 or more

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A 5 class pass for Hot Pod Yoga Ruislip

You’ll stretch further, breathe deeper, sweat harder and melt fully into the Hotpod experience – a balanced flow of active and passive postures, working the body and calming the mind in equal measure. Usual cost £20 for 2 classes!!

£15 or more

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Summer Afternoon Tea Hamper

Tea, scones, cakes and biscuits! Perfect for a summer afternoon!

£15 or more

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Prosecco and Nibbles Hamper

Prosecco, savoury biscuits and crisps! Great for a girly night in!

£15 or more

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Movie Night Hamper

Drinks, sweets and popcorn! All your favourite family movie night snacks!

£20 or more

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Watford Signed Pennant from the 2023/24 season

Signed by all the players of the 2023/24 season. A must for any Watford fan!

£20 or more

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Bellisamani Gel Builder Nail Set

Bellisamani is the best nail person around! Check our her instagram page @bellisamani An claim this reward for a beautiful set of nails Usual price £32

£20 or more

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1:1 Lesson with Club Coach Mark Collett

A popular choice amongst all our players! Claim this 1:1 lesson at a great price! Normal price £30

£20 or more

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Peaches Braiding for 2

This is a great opportunity for you and your friend to have a beautiful hair braid. Perfect for weddings and holidays. Lasts up to a week if good care is taken! Usual price £30

£20 or more

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Head Coco or Radical Racket & Shock Absorber

Get a great racket at a discounted price! Comes with your choice of shock absorber RRP £30

£25 or more

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1:1 Lesson with Head Coach Jon Wildman

Brush up your skills this summer with a 1:1 lesson with Head Coach Jon Wildman. Usual cost £35

£25 or more

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A Family ticket for Bucks Railway Centre

Usually worth £36.50 have a fantastic day out at Bucks Railway Centre. Fun for all the family!!

£50 or more

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6 Bottles of Wild Idol Non Alcoholic Wine

This top of the range non alcoholic sparkling wine is perfect to have throughout the year on special occasions. Great just in time for Summer BBQ's Worth £180 at cost price

£75 or more

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1 full week on a GS4 Summer Camp

Usually worth £125 claim this reward and get £50 off a GS4 Tennis Camp 9-1pm throughout the summer holidays

£100 or more

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GS4 Birthday Party

A great idea for a birthday party! Pick your favourite coaches and invite your friends for a GS4 birthday party. Price includes up to 10 children for a 2 hour party. A £50 reduction in price!

£200 or more

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Centre Court Tickets for Queens Club Cinch Champs

An amazing opportunity to watch ATP tennis on the beautiful grass courts of Queens on Monday 17th June. This day is already SOLD out. RRP was £250+

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