The Connaught Club Crowdfunder Challenge

by The Connaught Club in London, England, United Kingdom

£22,170

raised of £25,000 stretch target

151

supporters
89% 8 days left
This project will only be funded if at least £20,000 is pledged by 28th September 2020 at 9:00am

The Connaught Club is looking to raise funds to help offset the considerable loss of income caused by the Covid-19 pandemic

by The Connaught Club in London, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target


Who are we..... 

The Connaught Club is a Community Amateur Sport Club (CASC) located within the beautiful surroundings of Epping Forest in North Chingford. The Club has been in existence since 1885 and has a long and proud history. Over the years the Club has developed a reputation as a centre of excellence for bowls, tennis and squash and many famous names have graced its sporting facilities. 

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Our Sport Facilities.....

The Connaught Club provides sporting facilities in Squash, Racquetball, Tennis and Bowls to a large number of people in the local community. We are open 12 months a year and only close on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. We have 9 tennis courts, 4 squash courts, an excellent Bowls green and a small gym. 

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The ages of those who attend the Club range from 3 years to over 90 years and include both private members, members of the public, schools and the University of East London.  

The Club has qualified coaches across all its sports to help new and existing players to improve their game. We also run Tennis and Squash camps during the school holidays, and host an inter-school mini tennis challenge involving up to 12 local schools.

How we support the local community.....

The Club provides not only the sporting facilities to those who visit, but also a safe haven for those who are elderly, on their own or have disabilities that prevent them from taking part in sport. It has a lovely friendly bar that not only serves hot and cold drinks but a full range of food - it is the social hub of the Club.

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The Club holds Whist sessions and Yoga classes each week for members and non-members, and has regular social events, Quiz Nights, themed evenings and a Sunday Roast Luncheon Club for members, guests and visitors.  

The Club pavilion is available for hire within the community and is regularly used for weddings and for hosting parties and celebrations.

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Community Christmas Lunch

The Connaught is not just a Club but a Community.  Last year the Club opened its doors and ran a free Christmas lunch for anyone in the community who was on their own or financially struggling.   We had over 70 guests and Club volunteers donated food to create a cherished event.

Chingford Festival

Each year the Club takes part in the Chingford Festival held on the 'Village Green' that attracts hundreds of local people. Volunteers manage a stand to promote the sporting facilities available and run 'come-and-try' mini tennis sessions for children.

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How Covid-19 has impacted our finances

The Club has been closed for three months during lockdown and although the complex is now open again this is on a limited basis that is likely to be in place for the foreseeable future. This has had a serious impact on our income streams. The expected income generated from the bar, hosting functions and social events, court hire, coaching, summer camps, tournaments, whist, yoga and indoor bowls will see a significant shortfall this year.    

This will undermine our ability to undertake the ongoing maintenance and improvement projects we had in plan for the coming year. These include making accessibility adjustments around the complex, replacing the dilapidated equipment sheds by the bowls green, upgrading the squash courts, and installing energy efficient LED lighting in the tennis bubble.

We have been extremely grateful to all members who renewed their annual membership during March and April at a time when we had no idea when the Club would open again. This certainly helped ensure that we could at least pay the bills while the Club was closed, and to meet our contractual obligations for improvement work already underway. However, the projected shortfall in our finances as a result of Covid-19 does present a major challenge.

How can you help?

We are setting up this Crowdfunder to raise £10,000 to help safeguard the future of our Club and to fund essential maintenance and improvement work, whilst at the same time protecting the reserves we are required to hold as a condition of our LTA loan. If we are successful in hitting our target we can apply for another £10,000 matched funding from Sport England. 

We are calling upon members, supporters, local residents and businesses to help us get through this challenging time, so that the Connaught Club can continue to be a community hub in Chingford.

Thank you to all our local supporters for contributing rewards

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£50 or more

7 of 25 claimed

Free Social Membership for 2 Years

Not currently a member of Connaught??? Pledge £50 today and we'll reward you with free social membership for the next two years. This will enable you to visit the Club throughout the week and use the bar and social facilities

£10 or more

Have a drink on us

A drink of your choice at the bar

£15 or more

1 of 15 claimed

Voucher for Helen's Coffee on the Green

£5 voucher kindly donated by Helen's on the Green. Enjoy a coffee, a cake, a freshly made sandwich, a traditional full English breakfast, a brisket beef bagel or even a taste of Cyprus meze.

£15 or more

3 of 10 claimed

Voucher to spend in Homes & Gardens

£5 voucher kindly donated by the team at Homes & Gardens, local suppliers of all your household, hardware and garden needs.

£25 or more

0 of 50 claimed

Meal Deal

A meal and a drink at the Club bar. Choice of a roll, crisps and a drink of your choice

£25 or more

3 of 30 claimed

A bottle of wine on us

Enjoy a bottle of white, red or rosé wine from the bar

£25 or more

5 of 10 claimed

Racket Stringing

Have your tennis racket expertly strung or re-strung by our Club President Graham Murray

£30 or more

0 of 10 claimed

£15 voucher to use at Pircio Restaurant

Book your table and enjoy a fantastic Italian/Mediterranean meal at this Award Winning restaurant in Bishops Stortford and get £15 off your bill

£30 or more

0 of 10 claimed

£15 voucher to use at Dinnio Restaurant

Experience a fabulous meal in the contemporary and stylish Dinnio Mediterranean Kitchen in Hertford and get £15 off your bill

£40 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Voucher for The Voujon Indian Cuisine Restaurant

Enjoy a fantastic meal at this award winning restaurant and get £10 off your bill when you spend £30 or more

£40 or more

0 of 10 claimed

£20 voucher Eastern Palace Chinese Restaurant

Enjoy a delicious meal at this family-run Chinese restaurant that specialises in Cantonese and Peking cuisine and get £20 off your bill.

£50 or more

16 of 25 claimed

£20 Bar Voucher

£20 Bar Voucher to be used in a single session on food and drink

£50 or more

0 of 3 claimed

£20 Voucher for Zekana Hair Salon

£20 voucher donated by Zekana, Chingford. a friendly and cutting edge Salon, a place that feels welcoming and friendly. Staff that will help and advise you and thoroughly enjoy creating the hair style that will make you feel wonderful.

£50 or more

2 of 5 claimed

Squash Coaching Session

A 45 minute personal squash coaching session with Paul Howell

£100 or more

2 of 15 claimed

£50 Bar Voucher

£50 Bar Voucher to be used in a single session on food and drink

£250 or more

11 of 15 claimed

£100 off your next membership renewal

Get a £100 reduction of your Squash, Tennis, Rackets or Bowls membership fee when these next come up for renewal

£250 or more

0 of 3 claimed

Advertising space in the Squash viewing gallery

Advertise your business for 12 months at the Connaught Club in the squash viewing gallery. Your business will also feature on our website and in member communications. Please Note - the cost of producing your advert will be in addition to your pledge.

£300 or more

0 of 4 claimed

Advertising space on the Squash Court glass backs

Advertise your business for 12 months at the Connaught Club on the squash court glass back. Your business will also feature on our website and in member communications. Please Note - the cost of producing your advert will be in addition to your pledge.

£400 or more

0 of 3 claimed

Advertising space at the Connaught Club

Advertise your business for 12 months at the Connaught Club at an outdoor location (subject to this being within Epping Forest guidelines). Your business will also feature on our website and in member communications. Please Note - the cost of producing your advert will be in addition to your pledge.

£500 or more

4 of 5 claimed

£200 off your next membership renewal

Get a £200 reduction of your Squash, Tennis, Rackets or Bowls membership fee when these next come up for renewal

£500 or more

1 of 2 claimed

Advertising space within the Squash Courts

Advertise your business for 12 months at the Connaught Club on the squash tins inside Court 3 or 4. Your business will also feature on our website and in member communications. Please Note - the cost of producing your advert will be in addition to your pledge.

Let's make 'The Connaught Club Crowdfunder Challenge' happen

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