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Benefactor Membership Scheme
A note from David Watson, Tennis and Rackets Association Chairman
The T&RA Benefactor Scheme was established by my predecessor in 2013. Since that time more than 60 T&RA members have volunteered to make additional contributions in excess of the normal Annual Subscription as part of the Benefactor Scheme. We are always looking for new participants, who, like so many of us, are passionate about the games of Tennis and Rackets and wish to ensure their existence and development for future generations.
Need for money
The T&RA finances are in a good and stable state and are presently managed to cover routine expenditure out of annual revenue sources. Even so, the Association simply does not have the resources to meet the large but regular requests it receives to provide more structural support to our games.
These typically fall into two areas:
- Court development (and restoration)
- Recruitment and training young professionals
The generosity of historic donors and Benefactors has allowed the Association to make significant contributions to both new build (Wellington/Tonbridge) and repair/improvement projects that have greatly enhanced the playing opportunities and experience for our members in many different parts of the country.
Equally importantly, it is critical that we enjoy the support and capabilities of a skilled and inspirational set of professionals able to draw new players into our games and inspire both young and old to greater heights of play. Both games are suffering from a serious shortage of young professionals which, if not addressed urgently, will leave many Clubs and Schools without a suitably equipped professional team able to teach to a high level and to support the court's economic operation. With your support, we are financing major programmes in both games to subsidise the training of young professionals, so that the next generation can be as fortunate as many of us have been to be taught and inspired by great coaches and members.
The benefits of becoming a Benefactor include all the regular benefits of being a member of the T&RA together with upfront recognition in the Annual Report and on the website; a Chairman’s update report summarising the pipeline of major projects and the T&RA’s support for them, and an annual Benefactors’ Cocktail Party, the next to be held at Queen’s on 23rd March 2016 around the Schools’ Doubles. In addition you will receive the Benefactor’s tie on joining (brooch for the ladies).
Becoming a Benefactor is a wonderful way to contribute to the future prosperity of our games that have given us so much pleasure over the years. I very much hope that you will join me in supporting this initiative.
If you are willing to sign up as a Benefactor, please complete the attached forms and return them to Andrina Webb, Membership Secretary, at the T&RA’s office at Queen’s.
Benefactor Membership form