Sport in the community

Funding level: Up to £1,000

Description

We are a small community tennis club in a deprived part of Glasgow, founded in 1898. We keep our membership fees low so that sport is accessible in our community but we struggle with maintenance and repair costs. We have mounting DIY jobs from floodlight repairs to building alarm system to heavy duty land clearances.

We charge very cheap family membership of two adults and two children. We are one of the cheapest clubs to join in Scotland. We want tennis to be affordable and operate an open door policy. We pride ourselves on our community spirit, free tennis sessions, family tennis sessions and sports classes for young children. We are determined to reach all parts of the community regardless of income or sporting ability and have a large family base in our membership.

However, our low membership fees means that we have to continually fundraise to buy operating equipment eg balls, nets, coaching aids and we have to find funds for grounds/building repair. We rely on a team of volunteers to assist with gardening, cleaning, painting and odd jobs.

We want to renovate our grounds, with a security system and floodlight repairs. The floodlights are essential and critical to our coaching and classes for the local area. The security system is to protect our assets ie our equipment.

We are growing fast at present and we play tennis all year round. Our marketing hashtag is #bangthedrum on social media and it is known in the community as what we say. Therefore we have picked that naming, as the name of our project as it evokes feelings of community spirit to us.

Drumchapel Tennis Club

Location: Glasgow

I am proud to be involved in a club that prides itself on keeping tennis accessible, affordable and everyone is welcome. We don't have a posh, fancy club house, but we are real grass roots tennis, friendly, and we welcome all abilities and backgrounds. Anything goes in the Drum Club we like to say!
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