South Shields (Westoe) Tennis - Let's Smash COVID

by Chris Grant in South Shields, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 30th April 2021 we successfully raised £20,765 with 140 supporters in 29 days

We need your help to raise funds to repair our courts and floodlights, and help our club recover from the devastating effects of COVID-19.

by Chris Grant in South Shields, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

If we meet our stretch target, we will be able to renovate and secure our hut.

Our ball machine is also no longer in operation and in need of repair. All of our youth and adult coaching members would benefit massively from our ball machine being back in use.


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 area.

Why We Need Your Support!

In March 2020, we were forced to close due to the COVID-19 crisis. Since then, the pandemic had a huge impact on our club’s finances. In total, we have missed out on around £100,000 in revenue due to lost takings from the bar and our inability to host our ever-popular events. This has had a massive impact on the club when it comes to maintenance and repair.

What Will We Do With The Money?

The club is due to re-open soon, as the third lockdown ends. Our top priority will be the urgent repairs required to make our facilities safe and accessible to all of our members. Our court surfaces are in desperate need of repair. Over winter, 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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Many of our floodlights need to be repaired and replaced. The majority of tennis takes part on an evening when our members are finished with their working day. None of our courts have a full set of working floodlights, and this means our members are playing in dark, dimly lit areas of the courts. These funds would allow us to replace our floodlights with new, bright LEDs which will not only make our courts safe again, but also save the club money in the long term.

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We'd also love to launch a new coaching initiative with the funds, allowing us to deliver affordable, exciting coaching to children from the area. Right now, encouraging youth participation in sport is arguably more important than ever. Our coaching programme aims to give children of all abilities the opportunity to try tennis and get outdoors while staying fit! Free taster sessions for children will be offered to anyone who is interested, and the funds will help us to keep coaching fees as low as possible in the future.

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How you can help

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.

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, it would mean a lot to every single member of our club!

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£390 or more

3 Year Adult Membership

Full adult membership for the 2021, 2022 and 2023 seasons. Our membership benefits include: Free use of the courts at any time. Reduced coaching prices. Online booking system. Use of floodlights whenever required. Free social tennis three times a week. Free use of the club tennis balls during club social sessions. Free British Tennis Membership (worth £25 a year). Free entry in Wimbledon ticket ballot. Access to play in the club's team. RRP £405.

£10 or more

0 of 1 claimed

5 Litre Tin of Emulsion Paint

DISCOUNTED: Now only £10!!! A voucher for a 5 litre tin of emulsion paint from South Tyneside Decor, based on Jarrow Road. Mixed to any colour - up to the value of £35. @SouthTynesideDecor on Facebook.

£15 or more

1 of 6 claimed

Family ticket to Fireworks Night

Family ticket, two adults and two children, to Fireworks Night in November at South Shields and Westoe Club. RRP £20.

£20 or more

3 of 6 claimed

Table for Six at Summer Music Night

Table of six at one of South Shields and Westoe Club's Summer Music Nights RRP £30.

£25 or more

0 of 10 claimed

6 Week Child's Tennis Coaching Course

A 6 week tennis coaching course for children (aged 6 to 16). The classes are on Tuesday nights. RRP £30. Our head coach will contact you to arrange your sessions once you claim this reward.

£25 or more

8 of 10 claimed

6 Week Adults Tennis Coaching Course

A 6 week tennis coaching course for adults (aged 17 and older). The classes are on Tuesday nights, 7PM to 8PM. RRP £30. Our head coach will contact you to arrange your sessions once you claim this reward.

£30 or more

0 of 4 claimed

CastTec Stove Fan

The stove fan sits on top of your stove and will work automatically without electrics or battery using the heat of the stove to perform. It will circulate the warm air in your room as it normally rises and this in turn increases the efficiency of warmth you obtain from your stove. Donated by CastTec. @CastTecUK on Facebook.

£50 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Service and MOT from Sherwoods Garage

DISCOUNTED: Now only £65!!! Service and MOT from Sherwoods Garage. RRP £159. www.sherwoodsmotorgroup.co.uk. Durham Rd, Gateshead NE8 4AP

£65 or more

1 Year Student / Unemployed Membership

Student / Unemployed membership for the 2021 season. Our membership benefits include: Free use of the courts at any time. Reduced coaching prices. Online booking system. Use of floodlights whenever required. Free social tennis three times a week. Free use of the club tennis balls during club social sessions. Free British Tennis Membership (worth £25 a year). Free entry in Wimbledon ticket ballot. Access to play in the club's team.

£120 or more

1 Year Senior (Over 65) Membership

Full senior (over 65) membership for the 2021 season. Our membership benefits include: Free use of the courts at any time. Reduced coaching prices. Online booking system. Use of floodlights whenever required. Free social tennis three times a week. Free use of the club tennis balls during club social sessions. Free British Tennis Membership (worth £25). Free entry in Wimbledon ticket ballot. Access to play in the club's teams.

£135 or more

1 Year Adult Membership

Full adult membership for the 2021 season. Our membership benefits include: Free use of the courts at any time. Reduced coaching prices. Online booking system. Use of floodlights whenever required. Free social tennis three times a week. Free use of the club tennis balls during club social sessions. Free British Tennis Membership (worth £25). Free entry in Wimbledon ticket ballot. Access to play in the club's teams.

£200 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Lifetime Cashflow Forecast

Helping you understand your future. Donated by Grainger Financial Planning Ltd. RRP £500. Contact 07860 150122 for further information. @GraingerFP on Facebook. https://www.graingerfp.co.uk/

£230 or more

2 Year Senior (Over 65) Membership

Full senior (over 65) membership for the 2021 and 2022 seasons. Our membership benefits include: Free use of the courts at any time. Reduced coaching prices. Online booking system. Use of floodlights whenever required. Free social tennis three times a week. Free use of the club tennis balls during club social sessions. Free British Tennis Membership (worth £25). Free entry in Wimbledon ticket ballot. Access to play in the club's teams. RRP £240.

£250 or more

4 of 10 claimed

Club Sponsorship

Pledge £250 to purchase a court side advertisement banner for your organisation for the 2021 season.

£260 or more

2 Year Adult Membership

Full adult membership for the 2021 & 2022 seasons. Our membership benefits include: Free use of the courts at any time. Reduced coaching prices. Online booking system. Use of floodlights whenever required. Free social tennis three times a week. Free use of the club tennis balls during club social sessions. Free British Tennis Membership (worth £25 a year). Free entry in Wimbledon ticket ballot. Access to play in the club's teams. RRP £270.

£345 or more

3 Year Senior (Over 65) Membership

Full senior (over 65) membership for the 2021, 2022 and 2023 seasons. Our membership benefits include: Free use of the courts any time. Reduced coaching prices. Online booking system. Use of floodlights when required. Free social tennis three times a week. Free use of the club tennis balls during club social sessions. Free British Tennis Membership (worth £25). Free entry in Wimbledon ticket ballot. Access to play in the club's teams. RRP £360.

£10 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Gents Haircut with Gift Bag

A voucher for a Gents Haircut with a complimentary gift bag, from Todds Chop Shop, Traditional Barber Shop & Lifestyle Store, 73 Nevinson Avenue, South Shields. RRP £12. @ToddsChopShop on Facebook. https://toddschopshop.nearcut.com/

£10 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Bottle of Jim Beam

A bottle of Jim Beam spirit, donated to us by Morrisons South Shields. RRP £15. Over 18s only.

£15 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£20 Florists Voucher

£20 Voucher for Jan Watters Florists, Luxury Gifts and Homeware in Cleadon Village. @JanWattersFlorist on Facebook. http://www.janwatters.com/

£15 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£20 Hairdressing Voucher

A £20 Voucher for Mick Pratt Hairdressing, 30 Dean Road, South Shields. @MickPrattHairdressing on Facebook.

£15 or more

4 of 4 claimed

Individual Lessons

Private, one to one coaching lessons with our coach. Each lesson lasts 1 hour. RRP £25. Our head coach will contact you to arrange your sessions once you claim this reward.

£15 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£20 Halfords Voucher

A Halfords voucher for £20. Donated to us by Halfords South Shields.

£15 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Tour & Tasting session @ Tyne Bank Brewery Tap

Tour for two followed by a beer tasting session at Tyne Bank Brewery Tap. RRP £20. @TyneBankBrewery on Facebook. http://www.tynebankbrewery.co.uk/

£15 or more

1 of 1 claimed

No Limits Hoodie

A No Limits Hoodie. RRP £29.99. Someone will be in touch to ask which design and size you would like. Check out the website at https://nolimitsuk.square.site for more information

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Waitrose Goody Bag

A Waitrose Goody bag, containing wine, chocolates and a gift. Donated by Waitrose Newcastle. RRP £30.

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

A2 Sized Graphic Print

Any A2 graphic print by the artist KTRL Z from the Etsy store (worth £35). https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/KTRLZgraphicart

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Asda Chocolate Hamper

A Chocolate Hamper donated by Asda South Shields. RRP £40.

£35 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Golf Voucher for 4

DISCOUNTED: Now only £35!!! Voucher for a 4-Ball at Whitburn Golf Club (Mon-Fri). RRP £80. Donated by Whitburn Golf Club. http://www.whitburngolfclub.co.uk

£40 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£50 Bravi Voucher

A £50 voucher for ‘Restaurant Bravi’ please. Donated by Tony Bissett.

£60 or more

1 of 1 claimed

L'Oréal Goody Bag

A L'Oréal Goody Bag, containing a variety of hair products. RRP £100.

£75 or more

1 of 1 claimed

MOT with Service

MOT with Service at LG MOT in Boldon. RRP £130. @LGMOT2017 on Facebook. http://www.lg-mot.co.uk/

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