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Pittenweem Tennis Club - Replacement Facility for safety and access reasons.

admin admin  •  2019-09-04  •  Connect East Neuk  • 

Investment project code: 21

Pittenweem Tennis Club was established in 1922 and without urgent action we will not survive to reach our centenary .

Each week we have over 50 children and adults using the courts but our exisitng tennis hut is no longer fit for purpose. It was bought by club resources 32 years ago but has no drinking water or toilet facilities. In addition the wooden stucture is damp and rotting and will not see us through another 18 months. We have spent monies in the last few years keeping the hut water tight but we can do no more. 

We have costed various options to ensure the club can function and have agreed on a budget option of purchasing a second hand shipping container  ( £ 4,500 being the cost of this from various suppliers including deliverty to site) which we will fit out using local trades so a real community project. We need to do ground works to ensure we have water and can have toilets and landscape to allow for disabled access which we don't currently offer. Costings for a portacabin structure were over £70,000 and a purpose build sports hut was almost £100,000 so this is the only affordable option we can consider. 

Our overall buget for the total works are £30,000 ( covers container purchase, internal and external fir out, ground works, utilit connections, landscaping and replacement entrance for disabled access plus planinng fees and parts and labour )  but we are seeking £4,500 for the purchase of a shipping container which forms the basis of our project and will ensure the club can survive. Other major costs assocaited are the ground works and utilities connection but these cannot be completed until we have a replacement hut option. 

We are actively fundraising and working with other local business to raise  additional funds to ensure this vital asset to the community is not lost.

The resulting building will be made available to the local community to hold meetings or use for other clubs so it will benefit the whole community in the longer term. 

It is a testament to the hard work of our volunteers that in a village where the Primary school population and nursery is under 80 heads that we now have just under 50 children coming to tennis coaching on our chosen days. We see this as a real result and is based on ongoing involvement and participation with the primary and Secondary schools not just in the village but in the wider cluster. We truly believe and support in the plan to take children from inactive to active and having an Active Scotland. 

Each year we continue to host a red ball tournament with Active Schools for all the schools in the cluster and have already delivered free tennis taster sessions this year to five of the cluster schools. We are also founding members of the Local Sports Hub based at Waid and provide input and time to their highly successful sports camps run at Easter and in Summer. Through this we provide further access to tennis via issuing of free tennis sessions for anyone who is interested. 

Our membership is back on the rise again but our current facilities really do hamper our ability to grow and expand and we cannot provide any tennis for anyone with a disability as they simply cannot access the courts or clubhouse which is not at the end of its useable life. 

We are the only club in the village to offer year-round access to sports as we don’t have a closed session.  As a village we lost our outdoors skatepark in recent years  and our play parks as slowly deteriorating so there are very few safe places left for the children to get exercise in the immediate location. 

 Our annual income is purely from membership which equated to £ 1300-£1400 annualy but we have fixed costs of rent £300 and LTA venue registration of £300. We have recently became a registered charity via OSCR. Surplus funds each year as reinvested in the facility and court maintenance. We get no external funding or assistance to keep the club running and our volunteers give their time for no cost to ensure we can continue to provide access to the sport and excercise in the area. 

Our club attracts visitors from across the east Neuk and further over the summer months and we have children coming from as far as Leven for coaching out to Crail and St Andrews so this will benefit the widder community not just the village itself. 

Proposed on behalf of: Pittenweem Tennis Club

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