Wallace Park Tennis

by Wallace Park Indoor Tennis centre in Lisburn, Lisburn and Castlereagh, United Kingdom

£39,254

raised so far

+ est. £2858.00 Gift Aid

121

supporters

Help us launch a new 'Lisburn Tennis Club' providing coaching, practice & play opportunities for new members.

by Wallace Park Indoor Tennis centre in Lisburn, Lisburn and Castlereagh, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 17th December 2021 we'd raised £39,254 with 121 supporters in 66 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

New stretch target

If we surpass our target we want to keep going.

We will help our coaching staff in their 'bounce back from COVID.' by using additional funds to - 

  • Encourage players to get back to taking 1-2-1Lessons with our staff by providing 'Membership & Lessons' packages to make taking regular lessons much more attractive.
  • Purchase uniforms, balls, and coaching gear for our coaching staff.
  • Pay for memberships for coaches and admin staff who have worked with us in the past.

We also want to help our players by -

  • Utilizing the UTR rating system to run tournaments and help players find opponents at their level.
  • Paying for memberships for players on the Ulster Tennis Squads so they can practice and play indoors at Wallace Park at other times.
  • Run box leagues and internal match-play events so players get regular singles matches as close to their level as possible.

We also want to build our new Wallace Park Pickleball Club, both as a way into tennis and as a sport in its own right.  We will use additional funding generated to - 

  • Establish 'Ulster Pickleball Championships' based at Wallace Park indoor Tennis Centre.
  • Last week we created 'Pickleball NI' as an association.  We want to build it to become the National Governing Body for the sport in N. Ireland.
  • Purchase paddles, nets, and balls in bulk so that players and clubs can get them at a low cost.
  • Create a  Pickleball Coaching Pathway for Northern Ireland so that local players can become qualified coaches and develop volunteers through an 'Ambassidors' programme.

The Schools Tennis Project Ltd. is a recognised charity which manages Wallace Park Indoor Tennis Centre on behalf of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council.  

Covid response - 

With Covid closing indoor courts for much longer than outdoor ones, last summer we renovated the outdoor tennis courts at Wallace High School, with support from ‘The Whitemountain Programme’ and next year, we want to launch a new 'Lisburn Tennis Club,' based there, which will be affiliated with Tennis Ireland.

Tennis Club launch - 

We want to provide –

  • Adult club coaching every Saturday, from now to June, and one evening a week, from April to June, @ Wallace H.S. (Costing approx. £1,500)
  • Junior club coaching, one evening a week, from April to June @ Wallace H.S.  (Costing approx. £500)
  • Coaching courses @ Wallace Park Indoor Tennis Centre (November – February, see rewards, costing approx. £3,600)
  • ‘Try Tennis’ Beginner & Improver coaching (May & June @ Wallace Park Indoor Tennis Centre, costing approx. £2,100
  • Coaching qualification for junior players (See ‘Young aces’ below, costing approx. £900)
  • Rackets and balls for all these events (Costing approx. £1,400)
  • Trophies for new junior & senior tournaments @ Wallace Park Indoor Tennis Centre and club tournaments at Wallace HS (Costing approx. £2,500)
  • A spray-painting and line-marking machine so that the courts can be maintained in years to come (Costing approx. £1,000)

We are running this crowdfunding campaign to raise £5,000 which, if successful, Sport NI will match fund to give us £10,000 towards these costs.  This will really help get our club off to the best possible start next year.

From the programme above we wanted to highlight the following - 

Adult Beginners / Improvers


An ITF study showed that tennis is a sport most people want to learn but they are reluctant to attend an established club as they feel the players will all be better than them.  

At the two clubs we previously founded, in Dungannon & Jordanstown, this was the case with lots of people coming to try tennis in year one when they knew everyone was else was starting too, and much less coming thereafter.

We are providing low-cost coaching and membership to help new players get started in our first year.  If you’ve always wanted to try tennis, make sure you get involved now.   Don’t get left behind.

Offer – 

  • 10 weeks of coaching (£60) 
  • Adult membership of Lisburn Tennis Club (£95) 

£85 for £145 value, see rewards)

 

Young Aces (11–18 year-olds)

The ‘Ulster Squads’ train at Wallace Park Indoor Tennis Centre five days a week.  We want to utilise these young stars to inspire other children their age to play tennis.

Our ‘Young Aces’ programme will give any fourteen to eighteen-year-old, who is ranked in the top hundred in Ireland for their age group, a foundation qualification in coaching tennis.

We will then provide them with opportunities to gain experience assisting with coaching at the club or at their school, using their talent to inspire other children.  

Coaching is great experience for young people and could well lead to a summer job when they are at university.

Offer – 

  • Coaching qualification (£95)
  • Junior membership of Lisburn Tennis Club (£45) 
  • Hoody (£40)

£40 for £180 value, see ‘Young Aces’ in rewards.

 

Senior Citizens (Over 65)

Outdoor tennis, golf and fishing were the first sports permitted after lockdown.  As we bounce back from Covid we want to provide older players, who may have felt ‘at risk’ during the pandemic, with a way into a healthy outdoor sport they may not have tried before.

Offer – 

  • 10 weeks of coaching (£60) 
  • Senior membership of Lisburn tennis Club (£55) 

£60 for £115 value, see rewards)

Please look at the rewards and pledge to join our new tennis club.  We look forward to seeing you on the courts again soon.

Rewards

This project offered rewards

£5 or more

Pickleball session for you and three friends

Pickleball taster session for you and up to 3 friends (Tuesday 7pm-9pm or Sunday 2pm-3.30pm @ Wallace Park Indoor Tennis Centre) Pickleball is America's fastest-growing sport because it is easy to play and great fun. Get your friends together and come try it.

£5 or more

Tin of tennis balls

Tin of 4 'Dunlop Fort Tournament' tennis balls courtesy of Stringers World

£8 or more

'12 Weeks of Christmas' @ 'Wallace & Donut' Cafe

In Wallace Park every Saturday morning? Get a cup of coffee (or Tea) every week for twelve weeks (Sat 27 Nov to Sat 12 Feb) at 'Wallace & Donut' Cafe for a donation of just £8.

£10 or more

Junior Tennis Racket

Children under ten are growing fast and need the correct racket for their height. Purchase this reward and get an Xkada Junior Tennis Racket in time for Christmas. It will cost £10, rather than £15, and we'll measure your child to make sure they get the right size - 21', 23' or 25 inches.

£12 or more

Dozen Tennis Balls

A dozen (3 x tins of 4), 'Dunlop Fort Tournament' tennis balls courtesy of Stringers World. Max 21 dozen per person.

£30 or more

Dropshot Pickleball Paddle

Get a ‘Drop Shot’ paddle of your choice for just £30. A fantastic Christmas gift for any Pickleball player.

£30 or more

Pro Supex ‘Titanium’ Tennis Racket

Get a graphite ‘Pro Supex Titanium’ tennis racket for just £30. (RRP £75) A fantastic Christmas gift for any tennis enthusiast.

£40 or more

Young Aces

Foundation coaching qualification, junior membership of Lisburn Tennis Club, and a 'Young Aces' hoody. This reward is available to any junior players (aged 14+) with a ranking in the 'Top 100' in Ireland for their age group.

£40 or more

LTC Club Sweatshirt

Black, Adidas, Sweatshirt embroidered with Lisburn Tennis Club logo, courtesy of 'Next Level Sports, Lisburn.'

£60 or more

Junior classes & first 18 months membership

Ten weeks of junior tennis lessons (1 hr per week) + first 18 months membership of Lisburn Tennis Club. (1 November 2021 - 31 March 2023)

£60 or more

10 Week Adult Coaching Course

10 weeks of coaching in an adult tennis class, starting this November. If you don't feel you are ready to join the club, please support us by coming along to our classes anyway.

£60 or more

Adult classes & first 18 mths 'Senior' membership

Ten weeks of adult tennis lessons (1 hr per week) + first 18 months senior citizen (over 65) membership of Lisburn Tennis Club. (1 November 2021 - 31 March 2023)

£60 or more

Halloween 'Totally Tennis Camp'

Enrol for our Halloween 'Totally Tennis Camp' from 25-29 October, 10am-1pm each day, at the normal price of £60 and get FREE Junior Membership of 'Lisburn Tennis Club' until 31 March 2022. Suitable for children aged 5-14 years old.

£95 or more

Adult classes & first 18 months 'Adult' membership

Ten weeks of adult tennis lessons (1 hr per week) + first 18 months membership of Lisburn Tennis Club. (1 November 2021 - 31 March 2023)

£110 or more

Adult membership of Lisburn TC + 1-2-1lessons

Purchase a year’s membership of Lisburn Tennis Club, based at Wallace High School, for next year, and get 1-2-1Lessons with your choice of coach included in the price.

£250 or more

18 months membership for the price of 12

Pay for twelve months membership, in advance, through this page and get 18 months membership. (Jan 22 – May 23)

£250 or more

Membership of Wallace Park + 1-2-1Lessons

Get a great Christmas package deal of a year’s membership of Wallace Park Indoor Tennis Centre, for next year, (normally £240, £20 per month) along with 1-2-1Lessons with your choice of coach. A great Christmas present for any tennis lover.

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