Wellington Tennis Club’s project to fund the building of a third court has been given a significant boost by a grant of £5,000 from the Persimmon Healthy Communities Award, a brand new amateur sports programme.
The club is now in the running for a larger prize of up to £200,000 from the £600,000 programme but needs the support of club members and the wider community. As one of just 30 finalists selected nationally for the award the decision is now dependent on the votes for the club’s project registered on the Persimmon charity website between Monday 5th February and Friday 16th March.
Each person can vote once a day until the closing date and Wellington Tennis Club Chair, Sue Rackley, would welcome the strongest possible support from the community as a whole. The final announcement will be made on 22 March at an event at York Racecourse.
Sue said, “Getting to the final means we are now able to contact court builders to draw up a schedule to start the third court. As we will now be in a position to proceed, it’s very exciting.” She added, “Of course, we would love to receive one of the bigger prizes so need to have an organised plan of action to secure as many votes as possible. Somerset Activities and Sports Partnership (SASP) is assisting us with social media posts and we will also ask for support for other tennis and sports clubs in the area.”
Sue’s efforts to fund the expansion of the Tennis Club has also resulted in a grant of £100 from the Aviva Community Fund which offers anyone – the general public as well as Aviva customers, employees, insurance brokers or financial advisers (whether associated with Aviva or not) – the chance to get funding for an important community cause. The finals are decided according to the number of votes the cause attracts from friends and supporters and a final judging panel.
Sue said, “As it goes to the general public vote it will be hard to compete with mega clubs and organisations but, nevertheless, £100 still helps.”
These awards and others like them are available to anyone with a cause to support. Sue’s success comes, in her words, from “just little old me filling in forms!”