Sustainable Badminton

by Richard Peters in Winchester, England, United Kingdom

£1,480

£15,000 target 26 days left
9% 22 supporters
This project will only be funded if at least £15,000 is pledged by 11th July 2021 at 2:14pm

Our mission is simple. To continue to provide world-class badminton training facilities whilst not compromising on the environment.

by Richard Peters in Winchester, England, United Kingdom

Why are we fundraising?

As the Development Manager for Hampshire Badminton, it is my role to ensure that people of all ages and all walks of life are able to enjoy this wonderful sport. But I also have a responsibility to ensure our planet isn't going to suffer as a result.

This is a challenge our members and I are determined to overcome.

What do I mean by this?

Westgate Badminton Centre was first opened in 2001. As a purpose built and dedicated badminton facility, Westgate Badminton Centre is recognised as one of the best facilities of its kind in the country. However, in 2001 there was little thought given to the environmental sustainability of buildings such as ours.

Architectural features such as wooden floors and 12 metre-high ceilings do little to curb the effects of heat loss and air circulation during much of the year. Being a natural material, wood requires a lot of maintenance in order to increase its lifespan and avoid needlessly replacing with more natural products. Furthermore, such a large space requires a lot of lighting. The current lighting is the original halogen type where 300w bulbs burn for over 12 hours a day, 7 days a week, 50 weeks per year. At any one given moment, 180 300w bulbs are lighting our courts at a staggering rate of 54kWh. In just one day, we use enough energy to power one 3-bedroom house for three months! 

What are we hoping to achieve with this additional funding?

Our renovation project is aiming to tackle two key areas of urgent need:

1. Installation of new LED lights above the badminton courts in order to cut our carbon footprint significantly,

2. Urgent repairs to the wooden sprung flooring to avoid the need to replace the entire floor in the longer term.

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Westgate Badminton Centre's halogen lights burn (a little too) brightly!

Why can't we simply raise the funds ourselves?

Due to the impact that COVID-19 has had on us all, we, like so many sports providers up and down the country, have seen a vast amount of our revenue slashed. Being a not-for-profit organisation, we are not able to build-up sufficient reserves in order to get us through times such as these. Suffice to say we have seen about 80% of our revenue lost this year through the persistent closures caused throughout the pandemic. However, such is our determination to make our facility more environmentally friendly, we are seeking support from you to allow us reach our goal.

Who will benefit from this?

1. Our planet (of course!). Reducing Westgate's electric consumption by 90% would be the equivalent of powering 35 UK homes for one whole year!1620763216_1620763215749.png

2. Our forests. Repairing existing wooden flooring is much more environmentally friendly than completely replacing it.

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3. Our players and their children. These players will be the first generation to experience the full effects of global warming.

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Why is the future of Westgate Badminton Centre so important?

We provide top-class training to a number of national and international level players. Back in September 2020, Westgate was one of the first facilities to open its doors to allow training to take place for our junior and senior players. See below for BBC South Today feature:

It is vital that Westgate Badminton Centre continues to provide this high level of badminton training for players of all ages if we are to see Team GB gaining any success on the badminton court in the future.

What does it mean to our players?

“The Westgate Badminton Centre is a stunning facility with a neat, clean and comfortable lounge. The courts are beautiful with quality equipment and an amazing viewing gallery. We love to meet friends here and play badminton together. The managers are friendly and very accommodating”.

“I get very good coaching at the Westgate Badminton Centre and it’s so much fun to play with other people”. 

How much money do we need to raise?

To install LED lighting over all five badminton courts and to carry out the urgent repairs to the flooring, we are needing to raise approximately £30,000 in total. However, we have been successful in securing some funding from Sport England who generously awarded Westgate Badminton Centre £5,155 in April 2021.

Our aim through Crowd-Funding is to reach at least £15,000.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£1,250 or more

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Luxury Spanish Villa for 7 Nights

A charming villa, peacefully positioned between the villages of Archez and Canillas de Albaida, Casa Albaida enjoys a stunning backdrop over the surrounding mountains and the white washed village of Competa. Outside, a covered dining terrace overlooks the private pool, ideal for alfresco dining whilst taking in the stunning views and beautiful sunsets. This house has 2 bedrooms and sleeps 4 people. Search ‘James Villas Casa Albeida’

£10 or more

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Yonex Gift

As a token of our thanks, you will be sent a Yonex gift.

£10 or more

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Bottle on Wine (75cl)

What better to say 'thank you' than a bottle of wine?!

£10 or more

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Ashaway Zymax 66 Firepower Badminton String (10m)

Courtesy of MM Stringing. Can be posted within mainland UK.

£25 or more

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Badminton, tennis, squash or racketball restring

Courtesy of Matthew Main Stringing, have your racket restrung. Lots of string types to choose from.

£50 or more

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Advertise your company on our website's homepage

Add your logo to the home page of the Westgate Badminton Centre website with a click-thru link straight to your website for 12 months.

£50 or more

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One-hour driving lesson

If you are starting to learn to drive, this reward will allow you to have your first lesson for free! Courtesy of Steve Smith Driving School. Must be within 5 miles of Portsmouth to qualify.

£50 or more

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1:2:1 Badminton lesson with qualified coach

Courtesy of level 2 coach Ross Green (Winchester) and Ben Muir (Portsmouth), develop your badminton skills with a one-hour personalised 1:2:1 lesson. Lesson /date/time subject to availability and must take place either at Westgate Badminton Centre or in the Portsmouth area.

£50 or more

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Ashaway Nano 130 Badminton Racket (with case)

This brand new Ashaway Nano Dynamic 130 Badminton Racket (with case) could be yours courtesy of MM Stringing.

£50 or more

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Ashaway ATB 863 Racket Bag (red/silver)

Brand new Ashaway ATB 863 Triple Thermo Racket Bag (red/silver) available.

£50 or more

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1:2:1 Coaching Session

Courtesy of Sunil Bali, enjoy a one-hour long coaching session with one of our top level 2 coaches (Winchester-based)

£50 or more

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BABOLAT TEAM LINE FOUR BADMINTON RACKET THERMO BAG

BABOLAT TEAM LINE FOUR BADMINTON RACKET THERMO BAG - BLACK & YELLOW (RRP £70)

£100 or more

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Half-Day Coaching Clinic and Lunch

There are 10 very special places for this four-hour coaching clinic with our very own ex-England player and level 2 coach Ollie Baczala. Lunch will be provided at the end of the session. Coaching will be delivered within a group setting and personalised activities according to your level will be set.

£100 or more

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Arsenal Tickets x 2

Thanks to one of our very generous committee members, you can watch Arsenal play at home against your favourite team! You will have a choice of approximately 3 -4 match options (dates TBC).

£100 or more

0 of 1 claimed

New Ashaway Viper XT700 Badminton Racket and case

Courtesy of MM Stringing

£100 or more

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New Ashaway Viper XT500 Badminton Racket and case.

Courtesy of MM Stringing

£100 or more

0 of 1 claimed

New Victor Thruster K55 Racket and case

Courtesy of MM Stringing.

£100 or more

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Victor Brave Sword 1600 Badminton Racket and case

Courtesy of MM Stringing

£100 or more

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Victor Brave Sword 1600 Badminton Racket and case

Courtesy of MM Stringing (please note this racket is NOT strung)

£150 or more

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Car MOT and Interim Service in New Forest Area

Courtesy of Holbury Service Station

£150 or more

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Karakal BN60 + case - The World's Lightest Racket!

Courtesy of Badminton HQ, you could own the world's lightest badminton racket! Weighing in at just 60 grammes, this racket is perfect for the doubles specialist and offers amazing control and precision.

£250 or more

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Kids' Dodgeball Party

Have your very own kiddies' birthday party at Westgate Badminton Centre. One of our top coaches will entertain the children whilst you sit back and relax. You then have the use of the lounge and kitchen to provide whatever refreshments you choose. Up to 3 hours.

£250 or more

1 of 20 claimed

Court Hire for 12 months

This prize allows you to have one hour of badminton per week for a whole year at Westgate Badminton Centre, Winchester. Usually worth £625.

£250 or more

1 of 10 claimed

Courtside advertising for 12 months

Take full advantage of the numerous events and tournaments held at Westgate. You can have your company or organisation advertised on courtside for every event throughout the year. This will be seen by thousands of people at the centre and some events will even be livestreamed. The price of the A-board is covered within this prize! What more could you ask??

£250 or more

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Private Function

Westgate provides the perfect space for you to hold your very own party or family event (no weddings!). We are licensed to serve alcohol and will provide you with your very own bar staff allowing you to relax and enjoy your event. You can even have use of the kitchen to prepare food. All cutlery and crockery provided. Access to badminton courts included but subject to availability.

£250 or more

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Brass Plaque on Pledgers' Wall

Your contribution to this project will be forever acknowledged with your very own brass plaque commemorating your pledge. This will be set in a prominent position with the centre for all to see. Plaque provided within the prize.

£250 or more

1 of 2 claimed

Signed England Badminton Shirt (framed)

Kindly donated by Badminton England, this shirt is signed by the England squad. Framed and customised plaque bearing your name.

£300 or more

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Signed Hampshire Cricket Team Shirt (framed)

Courtesy of Hampshire County Cricket, this prize is a must for all cricket lovers!

£1,000 or more

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Spanish House for 7 nights

Enjoy 7 nights in this amazing house in Spain with share of pool!

£1,000 or more

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2-night Stay in South France

Located in Roquebrun, 16.2 miles from Lamalou-les-Bains, 'Les Tiers' is set in the beautiful region of Occitanie in southern France. This amazing house has 5 bedrooms and sleeps 15 people comfortably. Béziers is 20.5 miles from the accommodation, while Valras-Plage is 27.3 mi.

£50 or more

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Car MOT in Winchester

Have your car MOT'd at Harestock Garage, Winchester (worth £55)

£50 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Sports Massage

Treat yourself to a one-hour long sports massage (or other specialist treatments available) courtesy of our partners at Winchester Wellness.

Let's make 'Sustainable Badminton' happen

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