Get Set 4 Tennis in the Community
Get Set 4 Tennis are an award-winning fully inclusive community tennis club providing free or affordable tennis to over 1000 children and adults every week. We have two venues; Denham Way Recreation Ground, Maple Cross and Manor House Grounds, Abbots Langley. We run a comprehensive range of well-supported outreach programmes with a large focus on disability tennis, teaching in 15 Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Schools across Hillingdon, Harrow, Ealing, Three Rivers and Watford, as well as programmes in areas of deprivation. We receive outstanding feedback for these programmes (see our website).
As a result of this work, we were named Middlesex LTA Disability Providers of the Year 2022/23 - this was our 6th award in 4 years.
Thanks to our strong community support, and work with Three Rivers District Council, our Maple Cross site will see the opening of 3 brand new floodlit tennis courts and a community pavilion. This will be run as a tennis clubhouse and a safe space for everyone in the local community to use
GS4 Tennis has also been working with the local council to provide free holiday camp places with a hot meal for local children who are entitled to free school meals as well as a range of enrichment activities. Again, this can now take place in our new clubhouse building.
Equally vitally, our players, both disabled and non disabled have much needed shelter from the rain, sun and inclement elements throughout the year, making us a truly all year round venue.
We are proud to currently offer free family tennis across both venues, walking tennis across both venues and SEND tennis as well as low cost lessons for inclusive tennis 11-16’s and girls across our clubs. We also offer highly subsidised (up to 60% less than other venues) pay-as-you-go lessons for children and adults aged 3 upwards.
We run fun activities throughout the year to ensure everyone on our community feels welcome and can come and have a go at tennis in a supportive friendly environment. Importantly there is no membership fee or big lessons charges to pay out. Our aim is anyone can have a go and make new friends regardless of their ability/disability and financial circumstances. Sport should have no barriers.
All equipment is provided and EVERYONE is welcome!
Why do we need donations?
As mentioned above, we are proud to offer a range of fully funded or low cost lessons across all of our programmes to ensure tennis is accessible to absolutely everyone - we aim to be a hub for our community. This year with our new venue, we face increased lease costs and, like everyone, our core costs have grown dramatically so we are crowdfunding to maintain our hugely valued affordable programmes as well as our free courses too.
From feedback, we know how incredibly important it is to our families that we continue to offer these sessions throughout the year. People tell us how good it is for their physical and mental health and how our club helps them meet friends in their local community. Children with SEND make friends with children without SEND, helping to break down the barriers and misconceptions around SEND and sport. Local families rely on our inclusive programmes to keep their children active as there is virtually nothing available in our local area that is affordable and accessible.
How we’ll spend the money raised
It costs £6000 per year to provide 8 hours per week of free tennis across our two sites, which is our primary goal for this funding
This doesn't take into account our highly subsidised pay-as-you-go lessons. Most local clubs charge upfront membership fee and then over £10 per hour for lessons. We are between £3.50-£7 with absolutely no up front fee, making us unique in our area. Therefore any additional funds over this £6,000 will go towards these subsidised lessons. In any event, absolutely all money raised will go towards supporting these programmes to ensure we continue making tennis accessible to those most in need in our community.
We know that since the pandemic, local families have really struggled financially with the cost of living increases. Sadly we know sport is the first thing to be stopped when money is tight but often has the greatest detrimental impact on both physical and mental health. This is why we feel that it's so important to continue offering our programmes to the local community and why we hope you will consider supporting us, thank you.