Inclusive Tennis Group Seeks Sponsorship From Local Businesses

2nd November 2015 - posted by Lucy Hamlin

A group of young people with and without learning disabilities are seeking help for their Tennis sessions by asking for sponsorship from local businesses and individuals to keep their sessions running.

8 young people have been regularly enjoying tennis coaching at the Ribble Valley Tennis Centre, Clitheroe, for over a year. Initially set up by Spring into Action, with funding from Lancashire Sport and Lancashire County Council, the sessions were highly discounted at £2 per week. Ribble Valley Crossroads Care, court sponsorship from two regular players from the Tennis Centre and donations through crowd funding has enabled the sessions to continue running at a relatively low cost to players. Spring Into Action can keep sessions going until Christmas, when the current funding runs out.

One young person attending the group said: “If I didn’t come to Tennis, I literally would not have a social life.”

Another young person added: “I enjoy going to tennis because it keeps me busy and fit and it's exciting.”

Tennis is traditionally an expensive sport, and if we were we to charge young people the full amount, they would be paying £9 each per week, which is too expensive for many of them to afford.

Spring into Action is now calling upon local businesses and individuals to sponsor the group. Rachael McHugh, Director said: “This group of young people really don’t want their sessions to end, but as it is existing provision, many funders wont fund the project as they prefer to fund new ideas. Even with young people contributing their fees, there is still a deficit of approximately £2600 per year. The staff member currently supporting the group is doing so in her own time and as it stands, the sessions will end at Christmas unless we can find some more funds.”

“We’re asking local businesses and individuals if they would like to sponsor our ‘Spring into Tennis’ project. The perks of sponsorship include your details being displayed at the Tennis Centre, which is accessed by approximately 400 people and their families each week, and promotion through Spring Into Action’s website and social media. You’ll also get a signed photograph from the young people as a thank-you!”

Donations and Sponsorship can be as much or as little as people can afford. A one off donation of £10-£30, or sponsorship of £60 per week, £240 per month, or £420 for a half term would help cover the cost of the court and coaching fees. Spring into Action will continue to fund the volunteer expenses and undertake administration free of charge in the short term.”