Welcome to the second edition of our club development newsletter!
The Club Development team have been busy in the last 2 months attending meetings with the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) to discuss objectives and funding opportunities, liaising with Poole Borough over planning, and speaking with a local architect.
Last month also saw our first fundraising event, an evening of live music in the clubhouse with Mother Ukers. This event raised a fantastic £368 to kick start our fundraising and will hopefully be the first of many. Read on for more details and how you can get involved…
A change in emphasis:
- The LTA is very supportive of our club development objectives but has strongly advised that our priority should be to improve the clubhouse first, as this is the best way to attract new members.
- Alongside clubhouse improvements, we also plan to build 3 outdoor artificial clay courts and new tournament standard croquet lawns in the first phase of development.
- We believe this is very exciting as every member will benefit from expansion and modernisation of the clubhouse, not just tennis or croquet players. Better clubhouse facilities will also attract new members, improving the club’s financial stability.
- Careful consideration has been given to where to site the new clubhouse, and current investigations suggest that extending and modernising the existing clubhouse may be the most cost effective option.
- If so, we envisage that the work will be done in stages – firstly developing the ground floor and then building a first storey. Local architect Paul Scott will draw up plans for the clubhouse which will be made available to members for review.
- We now have an exciting opportunity to decide what facilities we’d like to see in our new and improved clubhouse! Here’s an initial wish list:
- Changing rooms
- Fitness room / gym
- Bridge room
- Games / table tennis room
- Function room
- Stairs/disabled lift
- We’d like to know your views though – what would you like to see?
- Let us know your ideas by:
- Writing them on the new Club Development noticeboard (in the corridor outside the bar)
- Coming along to a drop-in session (the first Saturday of each month)
- Speaking to a member of the Club Development committee (see list of names at end of newsletter)
- Sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Another key strand of the Club Development plans is to make the club more inclusive and accessible to all, including increasing the club’s provision for disability tennis.
The Business Plan:
- Head tennis coach Brian McFadden recently met with the LTA Disability Coordinator and Southbourne Tennis Club’s head coach to discuss the way forward, and is getting in touch with local day care centres and other disability groups.
- We’ve been developing a Project Plan to map out the steps we need to take, and a Financial Model to estimate the costs and revenues of club development. We’re also reviewing the legal structure and tax status of the club, so that we’re in the best shape we can be to secure funding from the LTA and other bodies.
- Whilst we hope to secure LTA funding to meet a substantial proportion of the costs, we’ll need to raise around 25% of the funds ourselves, so this is another area where we need your help!
- Are you creative with lots of ideas, or are you good at organising things? Whatever your skills, call David Lloyd on 07805 521549 if you’d like to join our new fundraising group. Also, look out for news of a cycle challenge coming soon!
The Club Development Team
Paul Nation (chair), Jane Chapman, John Crisp, John Crowe, Kate Tunks, David Lloyd, Simon Harrison, Simon Gribbin, Sue Hobden, Clive Richardson, Doug Topple, Sally Revell, Pauline Heaver, Brian McFadden