Wellington Tennis Club has received £1,000 from housebuilder Persimmon Homes to renovate its club house as a direct result of its success in recruiting new members.
The club applied for the money through Persimmon Homes’ Community Champions scheme and the funds will now go towards expanding the existing facilities. The club has more than 100 members and needs space in its club house after seeing an increase in participation in the sport.
Club Chairman Sue Rackley said: “Wellington Tennis Club has experienced rapid growth in membership and, as a result, we need to improve our clubhouse to accommodate larger numbers. We plan to remove an interior wall to open out the space and create better storage; we also need to replace wobbly furniture and buy a fridge to store food for league matches. The donation from Persimmon Homes is greatly appreciated as it will go a long way towards our efforts.”
Nina Hester, sales director for Persimmon Homes South West, added: “The application from the Wellington Tennis Club impressed us and we wanted to help out as much as we could. It’s clear that the club is at the heart of the community and it’s the type of cause we look to aid through Community Champions.
“We had a lot of nominations and it is always difficult to choose but I would urge any charity or organisation to get in touch and apply.”
The Persimmon Community Champions scheme is a national programme where charities and groups can apply for funding up to the value of £1,000 to match money they have already raised themselves. Nationwide, the company will donate a total of £750,000. Visit www.persimmonhomes.com/charity to apply.
Persimmon Homes is currently building in Wellington at Jasmine Gardens.