Over 100 clubs across the UK have already benefited from charity days hosted by Bright Ideas for Tennis. One of the main advantages is that the total funds raised remain within the club so that they can be put directly towards a project such as developing additional tennis programmes, improving members' experience or even to fund larger capital projects such as building new courts, refurbishing clubhouses, installing floodlights or purchasing extra equipment including ball machines. If you would like to get involved or would like your club to benefit please get in touch.
We wanted to celebrate the Club’s 20th Anniversary by offering the members something different and at the same time involving the wider tennis community. Absolutely nothing could have been better than what Danny Sapsford and Chris Eaton at Bright Ideas for Tennis brought to us in Bristol. The coaching clinics had sold out within a few days (82 players taking part) and over 150 Barbeque tickets were pre-sold in the first week so we were very excited about the upcoming event and even invited some local tennis VIP’s to join us!
The added bonus, apart from making lots of money on the day, is the number of new people playing tennis at the club. Ten new players came in the first week and that immediately doubled by week two after the event – we can’t wait to see what happens next! The publicity from the event has brought lots of enquiries and we can’t thank Bright Ideas for Tennis enough for providing us with an opportunity to offer more tennis to more people more often.
We were blessed with excellent weather, and had a great turn-out from our tennis customer base. Danny and Chris ran a series of engaging coaching clinics for our mini-tennis players up to our adults, and sandwiched in between was an entertaining doubles exhibition featuring club coaches Trevor and Nick.
Aside from the clinics and exhibition match, there was a BBQ on offer, as well as a raffle that offered over £700 worth of prizes! Both helped to boost the funds raised, and added to the impact of the event. Many parents have since gone out of their way to say what a lovely day it was, and to ask when the next one will be!
The aim of the North Dulwich Bright Ideas for Tennis day was to raise funds to upgrade the club's two shale courts to make them all-weather proof, and to provide free coaching to members of the local community.
£250 of the money raised has already been spent on provision of free coaching for members and non-members of all ages at the Club’s last open day on June 29th. In addition, new members who joined the Club during the open day are to receive two further free coaching sessions. The remainder of the money raised on our Davis Cup day will mainly go towards meeting the cost of resurfacing the club’s two shale courts.
North Dulwich raise the most funds from all club visits between Sept 2013 and July 2014 by the charity Bright Ideas for Tennis
As a reward for their success our charity ambassador, Tim Henman visited the club along with Danny Sapsford, Luke Milligan and Jamie Baker on Saturday, October 11th. It was a roaring success with 250 people in attendance, a memorable experience for all who attended either for coaching or to watch the doubles exhibition match, enjoy the fantastic BBQ or watch Tim Henman's 'Keepy-Uppy' challenge. The day raised over £5K, making the total raised by the club nearly £10,000, an incredible achievement for a small club.
Bright Ideas for Tennis has so far helped to fully fund a variety of projects such as practice walls, ball machines, court cleaning and court re-painting. We have also contributed to several new court developments and many floodlight projects. Click on the thumbnails below to view some of our completed projects and read the club surveys to see just how Bright ideas for Tennis is helping clubs to get more people playing more tennis.
We are always looking for ways to help tennis clubs, so if your club has a passionate committee or club coach with some realistic goals to improve your Tennis Club then we would like to hear from you.Get Involved