The secretary of Rhondda Lawn Tennis Club contacted Interlink RCT to discuss their clubhouse’s needs. They needed to modernise the club house, as well as improve several of the tennis courts’ surfaces and repair floodlights. There was a need to confirm the lease agreement with the council for the courts too. Also they wanted to employ a coach to visit local schools to encourage children to play lawn tennis and build a practice wall for them.
The community advice team member in contact identified two key requirements. These were to make them incorporated and to develop their business plan. Incorporation gave the club committee protection above public liability insurance, and with it, they stood a better chance of accessing the kind of funding their projects needed. The coordinator referred the club to the Cranfield Trust for help with business planning.
Also, the club became Interlink RCT members. This gave them regular invitations, information, advice and support to help their organisation strengthen its knowledge and understanding of the voluntary sector, while making progress on their goals. They joined our email network ‘Supporting People in the Rhondda and Cynon Valleys’. This allowed them to advertise to, connect with and support other local groups.
John Denton, Treasurer of Rhondda Lawn Tennis Club, said:
“Without Meriel’s help we would probably have failed to achieve Charity Incorporated Organisation status. Her in-depth knowledge of what was required, guidance as to where to look for information and advice, together with her explanations of the application process were crucial to our successful application.”
Pen-y-Cymoedd Wind Farm Fund have provided £3,850 in funding to upgrade the floodlights, and £10k has also been sourced through the Welsh Church Act fund.
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