Sheffield tennis club spreads the net in fundraising bid

Members of Stocksbridge Tennis Club took part in a sponsored tennis rally to raise funds to replace its courts - or the club may have to fold.
Members of Stocksbridge Tennis Club took part in a sponsored tennis rally to raise funds to replace its courts - or the club may have to fold.
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SUPPORTERS of Stocksbridge Tennis Club’s Save Our Court appeal are rallying helpers to raise the £15,000 they still need.

Campaigners already organised a fancy dress tennis match, packed bags for shoppers at Stocksbridge’s Co-op in return for donations, and held a pub quiz at The Wortley Arms.

The group has managed to carry out some of the work needed to upgrade the crumbling tennis courts, including cutting down trees and digging up old steps - but supporters still need to raise more money to meet the £15,000 cost of resurfacing the courts.

Sue Taylor, who took part in the sponsored rally and bag-packing along with sons Matthew, 14, and Christopher, 12, said three generations of her family use the courts.

“Matthew and Christopher have been playing at Stocksbridge since they were five, I started playing last year, and my mum and dad, who will be 70 this year, also play,” she said.

“We would appreciate any donations or sponsorship, no matter how small, to help keep the courts going so other families and future generations can continue to play tennis.” 

Martin Jackson, chairman of Stocksbridge Tennis Club, said: “We’ve worked hard to raise as much as we can ourselves but we still need more to be able to resurface the courts and secure the future of tennis in the area.

“Members and supporters are doing some of the physical work on the courts to keep the costs down, but we still need to raise more to be able to pay for a company to do the resurfacing work.

“We are asking for people to make a donation and to be a friend or patron – there’s no obligation but we’ll acknowledge their support in the club and they’ll be invited to events.

“We also have a range of offers for any business interested in sponsorship, from £60 upwards.

“Any sponsor will be supporting a local community sports club that works hard to bring in young and old of all ages and abilities, and in return the sponsor will find the club an opportunity to help them attract business.”

Anyone interested in making a donation should email tennis@stocksbridgetennisclub.org.uk or call Mr Jackson on 07906 516 869.