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FSTC Awarded £75,000 by Sport England

The project has been awarded funding as part of SEs Olympic and Paralympic Legacy Programme. Sport England awarded the full £75,000 requested.

"Grass Roots Tennis" is a project to build three new tennis courts in Victoria Park to replace the worn-out courts adjacent to Weymouth Road. The courts will be available to the general public on a Pay and Play basis and will be operated and managed by Frome Selwood Tennis Club.

The application was jointly made by the tennis club and the town council.

The project still requires a further 10% to be raised.

Funds are being contributed by both the club and the town council. The club would also like to acknowledge funding provided by the LTA, Frome Community Lottery and Mendip District Council Community Environment Fund.

John Price (FSTC Chairman) said: "The Club has been working very hard over the past two years to raise money for the courts. In addition to applying for many grants, we have run quiz's, held social events and open days, and our juniors have helped pack bags at Asda - its all been a great team effort. He added: "This is a wonderful opportunity to increase the number of people playing tennis in Frome. It will enable the general public to play on the best facilities in the area without having to join a club".

Raise money for the Tennis Club when you make an on-line purchase

Dear Members,

From The Chairman

The club has joined Easyfundraising.org.uk and we are announcing this now ready for the Christmas Season
Turn your online shopping into donations for Frome Selwood Tennis Club
Do you shop online? Did you know that every time you buy something you could be raising money for Frome Selwood Tennis Club?

Over 2,700 well known retailers, including Amazon, John Lewis, eBay and Tesco will donate a small percentage of what you spend to Frome Selwood Tennis Club to say thank you for shopping with them.

Just visit http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/fstc and follow the simple steps to sign up.

You can also visit the Fundraising page on our club web site.

Easyfundraising has already raised over £7 million for over 55,000 good causes across the UK. Head to http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/fstc to fundraise for Frome Selwood Tennis Club now.

This is an easy way for you to help the club. Your purchases will not cost you any extra.

All the best

John

Our New Tennis Courts

How You can Help Make it Happen .....

On Wednesday 9th October, Frome Town Council agreed to permit the club to raise the necessary funds to replace the existing tennis courts in Frome Victoria Park with 3 new ones (at a site to be agreed), and to lease the new courts to the Club. This will provide the club with three additional brand new courts for club and public use.

Your committee is now faced with raising the necessary £108,000. As the first stage in the fund-raising effort the club are launching a scheme to enable club members and members of the public to sponsor a square of the new courts:

- The Sponsor your Square Scheme will enable YOU to sponsor a small area of the new courts. £10 will "buy" a ¼ square metre of playing surface. To donate, visit the Localgiving.com web site and locate the Frome Selwood Tennis Club Page. The names of those who donate will be commemorated.

- Localgiving.com will match single donations pound-for-pound up to £10 per donation. New monthly donations set up during the campaign will be matched up to £10 a month for six months. Gift Aid will also be provided, so the club will receive more than double the original donation.

- This matching donation scheme known as "Grow your Tenner" will operate from 10am on Tuesday, October 15 until the match pot of £500,000 is all allocated. This may only take 3 to 4 weeks, so if you want your money doubled, it is necessary to act quickly.

PLEASE SUPPORT YOUR COMMITTEE IN THIS INITIATIVE BY SPONSORING YOUR SQUARE.

Jack Wins Coaching Award

Jack Shepard, our current head coach won the Somerset Participation Coach of the Year Award on Friday at the County Cricket Ground at Taunton. He has continued the work started by Muir and gone from strength to strength. The number of juniors on our coaching programme are now at their highest ever level of 90. We have had an enormous increase with our Regularly Competing Juniors (a parameter that the LTA see as particularly important) and we have surpassed all other clubs in Somerset with the exception of Taunton. This is despite the club only having three courts.

He has planned and managed a programme of school links and we have provided curriculum time and after-school clubs in 10 First Schools. He is also working with one of the two Middle Schools in the town. This will ensure that we will probably have even more juniors next year.

Jack has also introduced Cardio-Tennis to the club which members and guests particularly enjoy, and a unique "Parents Can Play as Well" Scheme. This is where parents receive coaching while their sons and daughters are on court, and uses their time usefully instead of just sitting and watching.

Well Done Jack!

We Are Now On Twitter

Frome Selwood Tennis is now on Twitter. We will try to use this as a way of getting information out to members faster. If you are a user of Twitter, follow us at "@FromeTennis".

Alternatively, click on the "Follow @FromeTennis" tab on this FSTC Home Page (on the left below the list of pages).

James Completes His 24 Hour Tennis Marathon


James Chaventré completed his 24 hour Tennis Marathon at Frome Selwood Tennis Club on Sunday 25th March. He won 259 games and never dropped a set - opponents won just 62 games. James organised the whole event himself making arrangements with the local council and neighbours of the club for the lights to be used throughout the night. Special thanks to parents Tony and Carol Chaventre in their support behind the scenes and those from within the club who turned out all times of the night and day to play him and support him at the end. James has raised about £1200. The Club chairman stated "we are proud of James and his achievements"

Frome Physio Clinic - Sponsor of FSTC

We wanted to remind you that you can take advantage of
our link with Frome Physio and receive 10% off all treatments at anytime
throughout the year. In addition they are currently offering a massive 25%
off massage gift vouchers until 22nd December which could be a prefect gift
for your friends or family. To find out more either visit their website
www.fromephysio.com or call them on 01373
452604.

Club Members Receive Recognition From LTA

Two members of the club have been recognised for their achievements at the LTA's equivalent of the Queens New Years Honours list! Instead of heading off to Buckingham Palace to receive her award, Eve Berry will be presented with a Meritorious Award at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton during the LTA's AGM. Eve's award is in recognition of voluntary work she has done at the club over the years and in particular the Annual Ratings tournament.
Our esteemed Chairman , John Price has received the Volunteers Award for the South West. John was nominated by James Deem for the major refurbishment of the club and the links that have been forged with primary schools. Armed only with an iPhone John seems to have a trackers instinct in hunting down grants, which he has done with great success over the years.
Only a handful of these awards are given out each year by the LTA, so for a club as small as Frome Selwood to receive two is a fantastic achievement

Frome Selwood Tennis Club hits Financial Target.

For the last 3 years the club has been striving to achieve its financial target of around £138,000 to ensure that the club can provide the very best community tennis facilities for the town. The existing 3 courts are being re-laid. The underlying tarmac is being renewed to improve levelness and drainage and a new artificial grass surface installed. The elderly floodlights on 2 of the courts are being replaced with the latest metal halide lights. The lighting on the third court was replaced a year ago with the help of an Awards for All Lottery Grant.

The final bricks in the funding wall have been provided by Somerset Community Foundation who have awarded the club £1,500 from the Comic Relief Fund, and the Lawn Tennis Association who have provided a massive £37,000.

John Price the Club Chairman said: "I believe that one of the factors that has persuaded the LTA to invest in us is our achievement of Clubmark. Clubmark is an accreditation programme that ensures that the club has recognised standards of child protection, coaching, fairness and equity, and good management. Although it took us 18 months it was well worth it."

The Club has raised money from Raffles, Auctions of Promises, Tennis Competitions, and Quiz Nights. It has also applied for grants to many bodies. This year alone the club has applied for 10 grants and been successful with 7, raising £41,550. In addition to the LTA and Comic Relief Grants, the club is very thankful to the following grant bodies for their generous help: Frome Lions Club, Mendip District Council, Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership, Frome Town Council and Frome Community Lottery.

The work will be carried out by AMB Sports of Kent who will build the courts and Exclusive Leisure Limited of Leicester who will provide the floodlighting. Work is planned to start at the end of January and will take 2 months - weather permitting. The final grass surface will be decided over the next 2 or 3 weeks and may not be laid until late spring when the weather is dryer. In the interim few weeks, play can continue on the underlying tarmac.

John Price said: "With our new courts, new school links programmes, and a busier than ever season, 2010 should prove to be one of our most exciting years ever".