Albert Roof & Outdoor Canopy Fundraiser

by The Albert Club in Manchester, England, United Kingdom

Albert Roof & Outdoor Canopy Fundraiser


£20,000 target 9 days left
110% 196 supporters
Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 26th January 2021 at 1:00pm

The Albert Club are raising money to repair the club's roof and improve its outdoor facilities for it's members and the local community.

by The Albert Club in Manchester, England, United Kingdom

About The Albert Club

Established in 1874, we are a not-for-profit  sports and social club with a long and proud history.

We offer a diverse range of sporting activities (tennis, bowls, table tennis and snooker), cultural and social events. Our sporting activities are aimed at high performers, social and players developing their game and we work hard to encourage participation with under-represented groups and develop links with the local community.

The Albert is a members club but one that welcomes guests who are encouraged to become members. We are proud of how our members feel about the club and offer a warm welcome to all.

All of this is made possible by a professional team of paid staff and dedicated volunteers.



The Albert has always been a non-profit organisation.  The majority of our income comes from our annual Tennis and Social memberships as well as bar sales made to members and through private bookings and events.

We also rely on grant funding - we've been fortunate to secure large and small grants in the past for our floodlights, fencing, grounds, defibrillator and changing rooms to name a few.

Our Project

The Roof

The club's roof is the original 1870's roof.  It's been on our maintenance list for a long time but other projects have always taken priority, such as our much needed changing room and toilet refurbishment which was completed in 2017 and, more recently, urgent need for replacement tennis courts.

However, we're at the point where the deterioration of the roof is really starting to show.  Especially in the newly refurbished toilets and changing rooms, which are becoming damaged due to a hidden leak.  Other areas of the club are also suffering, including the table tennis room, which if not fixed could jeopardise the section completely due to health and safety.  Our snooker room is also affected, often being cold and damp in the winter months. Tiles are missing, and it also un-insulated, making winter in the club uncomfortable during the colder weather.


New Outdoor Canopy

1605125733_48025385162_cd26976935_c.jpgMade of light weight fabric and bits of scaffolding attached the railings, our current awnings were only ever intended for temporary use a couple of times a year, i.e. at the Beer Festival or Fete.  

They offer some protection, but they're far from ideal for permanent use and are certainly not designed for heavy wind and rain. However we've been left with no choice to keep them up for the last couple of months.  They've somehow survived a couple of storms, but they are nearing the end of their life.


With our inside capacity reduced due to Covid restrictions and social distancing, more people are now having to use our outdoor seating.  We've invested in some outdoor heaters as we need to keep our bar footfall up to support the club.  

However, we really need some proper covers.  Our tennis and bowls players would also benefit hugely from a proper shelter, whether its rainy bowls' match nights for keep the players and scorers dry or for tennis players to seek refuge when the heavens open and the clubhouse is closed, especially during school holidays when the kid's camps are running.

Our Target

Sadly, due to Covid, our bar is no longer trading as much as it usually would; no private functions, no children's parties, no corporate events, no club events and limited numbers inside.  Therefore, while there is some money put aside, it's not enough to cover the costs.

So, we're setting a target of £20,000!  That, all being well, will be enough to repair or replace the roof and provide a substantial covering for our outdoor areas. It will mean the hard work that went into refurbishing the toilets won't be in vain, and that our members, sports teams, user groups and visitors can enjoy the clubhouse, whether inside or out, in comfort, allowing our bar to trade at a sustainable level

A Community Club

The Albert plays a key part in the local community. We host parent and toddler groups, mini-first aid and act as a meeting place for local community groups including resident associations and conservation groups.

We hold tennis open days to encourage participation and have a structured coaching programme including ‘Rusty Rackets’ to help new and returning players back on court. Our sporting facilities are also available to try out prior to joining.

Our tennis outreach programme includes regular sessions with local schools as well as summer and half term junior camps. We also engage proactively with parents and encourage them through our adult coaching programme to take up tennis. We have also previously held tennis sessions for young people with learning difficulties.


Our private business bookings also make use of our sport facilities and help raise awareness of their availability to those within our catchment area.  Last year we hosted a multi-sport event for the Didsbury Business Games, to help raise money for The Christie.

Open bowls sessions are held in summer to encourage take-up and encourage new members of both genders to join and play.

We also hold annual social events which are open to the public and at those we showcase our sporting facilities and activities.

Finally, a short message from our friend (and member), John Thompson.



This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£100 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Manchester City Stadium Tour (Family of 4)

Pledge £100 and receive a family of 4 ticket for the Ethiad Stadium Tour vouchers courtesy of Manchester City FC (when they re-commence). You'll also get your name(s) placed on a 'thank you' sign around the bowling green!

£10 or more

23 of 50 claimed

£10 Donation

Spare us a tenner and receive an Albert Club pin badge!

£25 or more

9 of 75 claimed

Christmas Goodies!

Pledge £25 today and we'll reward you with either 2x Albert Club coasters, 4x Albert Club Christmas cards, or 2x Albert Christmas baubles, produced by local designer, Tinned Snail.

£50 or more

14 of 25 claimed

£5 Bar Voucher + Albert Hat Raffle

Pledge £50 today and we'll reward you with a £5 bar voucher and enter you into a raffle for a 1in5 chance to win an Albert Club branded hat

£50 or more

4 of 25 claimed

£5 Bar Voucher + Albert Candle Raffle

Pledge £50 today and we'll reward you with a £5 bar voucher and a 1-in-5 chance to win an Albert Club candle by local designer, Tinned Snail.

£60 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Photography Lesson

Pledge £60 and receive a 1-to-1 photography tuition session with member, Rouge Tahir.

£75 or more

1 of 6 claimed

Venture Out - Outdoor Activities

Pledge £75 and be entered into a raffle for a 1/3 chance of winning a voucher for Kayak Hire for 2 from Venture Out - a local outdoor activities centre, based at Burnage Rugby Club.

£75 or more

1 of 4 claimed

Room Hire

Pledge £75 and receive a £25 voucher to redeem against future hire of the club. Whether its for a party, corporate hire, charity event or other private function, we can help! Contact James via to discuss your requirements.

£150 or more

6 of 20 claimed

Albert Club Commemorative Roof Slate

Pledge £150 and receive a £15 bar voucher PLUS your very own piece of original Albert Club roof slate, engraved or printed with the club's logo. PLUS you'll have your name(s) placed on a 'thank you' sign around the bowling green!

£10 or more

5 of 5 claimed

Free hot drink at Alpine Tea Rooms

Pledge £10 and receive a free hot drink at Alpine Tea Rooms in Fletcher Moss Gardens.

£25 or more

10 of 10 claimed

The Epicurean Craft Beer Specialists

Pledge £25 and receive a £5 e-voucher for The Epicurean's website.

£30 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Men's Hair Cut - Village Barbers

Pledge £30 and get a free gent's haircut at Village Barbers on Burton Road

£40 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Ladies Hair Cut at TJs Hair Salon

Pledge £40 and get a free ladies hair cut at TJ's Hair Studio on Burton Road

£100 or more

5 of 5 claimed

Albert's Restaurant Voucher Raffle +£10 Bar credit

Pledge £100 today and we'll reward you with a £10 bar voucher for the club and a 1-in-5 chance to win a £60 Voucher for Albert's Restaurant. PLUS you'll have your name(s) placed on a 'thank you' sign around the bowling green!

£100 or more

5 of 5 claimed

Gusto Voucher Raffle + £10 Bar Credit

Pledge £100 and receive a £10 bar voucher for the club and be entered into a raffle for a 1-in-5 chance to win a £50 Gusto Voucher. You'll also get your name(s) placed on a 'thank you' sign around the bowling green!

£100 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Withington Golf Club Four-Ball

Pledge £100 and receive a complimentary four-ball at Withington Golf Club. PLUS you'll have your name(s) placed on a 'thank you' sign around the bowling green!

£150 or more

1 of 1 claimed

1 Month Waterside Leisure Club Family Membership

Pledge £150 and receive one month's membership for a family of 4 at The Waterside Leisure Club, with full access to the gym, pool and health spa facilities (subject to re-opening & covid restrictions). PLUS you'll have your name(s) placed on a 'thank you' sign around the bowling green!

£175 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Leapfrog Garden Designs

Pledge £175 and receive a garden makeover consultation from Leapfrog Garden Design Services (worth £150!) for ideas on planting, design, landscaping and other tips. You'll also get your name(s) placed on a 'thank you' sign around the bowling green!

£500 or more

3 of 3 claimed

Sponsorship Board

If your business pledges £500, you'll get double-sided sponsorship signage around our bowling green for two years PLUS one day's FREE hire of the bowling green for a team building day! Please contact James ( for more information.

Let's make 'Albert Roof & Outdoor Canopy Fundraiser' happen

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