There has been major progress over the last few weeks as follows:
Thanks to everyone who has helped the project reach this stage. A large number of people within the club have helped to make this happen in all sorts of different way - so a pat on the back to all those involved.
There is plenty more to do - but we are on our way.
The future is bright (especially on our new floodlit courts)!
Looking to the future, we are trying to encourage as many of our members as possible to join the easyfundraising web-site in support of the 'AECC Court Development Project'. This will help us to pay back the loans. Each time you shop with one of the 2000+ retailers who have joined this scheme, we will receive money into our account. Last year there were only 7 members of easyfundraising, yet we raised over £100. So with no change to your shopping habits and with more members, we could be raising significant funds towards paying back our loans. Click here to learn more about how to join
Courts Project Lead
How will we pay back the loans?
The loans will require an annual payment from the tennis section. We currently obtain a surplus from coaching and non-members fees, and we expect this to grow with the additional court availability. We obtain a profit from the three existing floodlit courts and we expect this figure rise, especially given the fact that the new lights will be LED and consume less electricity. We are also continuing to seek sponsorship opportunities. In addition we plan to raise a contribution from an annual ladies lunch / tournament and summer fete teas. There is of course the opportunity to hold ‘one-off’ occasional fund-raising events to secure additional income. The figures planned to be raised are believed to be ‘prudent’ and the income, especially from floodlights and coaching could be significantly higher than in our budgets. In addition there are other small sources of income which will generate a few hundred pounds each a year, and will add to the overall income.
What is Artificial Clay?
Artificial clay tennis courts have all the playing characteristics of natural clay but without all the heavy and costly maintenance requirements
They use a similar carpet to artificial grass
However the carpet is covered by 2mm of a specially designed coloured infill (whereas with artificial grass courts, where the carpet is visible above the infill)
Why Artificial Clay?
Thanks to the following companies for their sponsorship:
San Carlo, Dean House Estates