AN HISTORIC tennis club is urging local businesses to offer support as they look to raise £25,000 to prevent them folding after 130 years.
The ‘Save Saddleworth Tennis Club’ campaign was launched in January this year to help collect funds to resurface the three tennis courts, which have become virtually unplayable.
Since then, the club has raised £10,000 – including £1,000 at their first fundraiser – and also successfully bid for a £10,000 five-year loan from Tennis Lancashire.
They are still seeking other avenues of funding for the required balance of £5,000 and are appealing to businesses to back their campaign.
Businesses can offer a donation in return for annual tennis membership at £100 per person or £500 for a 10-person membership.
Or they can sponsor the club in return for a 4ft x 2ft vinyl banner advertising their company on the perimeter fence of the courts at a cost of £150.
Donations of prizes to be raffled or auctioned at fundraising events are also welcome, along with sponsorship for events, for example the cost of a comedian or DJ.
But Neil Gaskell, the club’s treasurer, admitted: “So far the response has been very disappointing and only two firms – Dawson Precision Components Ltd and Tanner Brothers – have kindly offered support.
“The tennis club is grateful for the support it has received from councillors Graham Sheldon and John Hudson, from the Saddleworth District Partnership and the Saddleworth Parish Council. Individual tennis club members and friends have also been generous in their donations.
“The club is now working closely with the Lawn Tennis Association in anticipation of the courts being resurfaced to develop plans to attract new members to help the club grow and have a positive effect on future funding.”
The club has a fundraiser planned for Thursday, June 9 at the cricket club which is a Ladies Fashion night with Lucy Cobb from Uppermill. Tickets from Rebecca on 07786235471, £5 and includes a free drink.
Contact Neil Gaskell to offer support and donations for the campaign: email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07716 113250.