Weir Broadbridge, Ross Broadbridge and Leigh Andrews
"The generosity of our local businesses who just keep giving back to the community is outstanding."
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The Renwick Tennis Club was established in 2008, and was formerly known as Okaramio Tennis Club.
We’ve grown a lot in recent years. In 2017 we only had two teams with 10 members and now have 113 members from Renwick, Wairau Valley, Okaramio, North Bank, Waihopai and Blenheim.
It’s awesome to have a vibrant club to make our club competitions more fun, and to have a strong representation in regional club comps.
However we’ve outgrown our facilities and need to fundraise for a fourth court.
Currently when we have home games, we have to use a court at Renwick School when we play the Presidents Grade competition as we now have so many teams wanting to compete.
But the surface is different, and it means one team has to split their games between the two venues, whereas it would be better for us all to play together.
We held a fundraising dinner and auction at Bamboo Garden Restaurant - Blenheim, New Zealand in early August, fortunately before we returned to level 2. We sold 120 tickets and raised more than $10,600 thanks to all the amazing vouchers and goods gifted to us by more than 50 local businesses and individuals.
That is a pretty incredible community effort. The generosity of our local businesses who just keep giving back to the community is outstanding, especially when you know people are constantly knocking on their doors cap in hand.
We can’t charge exorbitant club fees here because we don’t have the facilities to justify it, so funding through grants, trusts and business sponsorships is crucial for us.
We’ve got a good, hard-working committee at the moment and a great group of people who don’t mind putting their hand up to help out with events and working bees.
We’re a very social club, we’ll often share some food together or go to one of the local pubs after competition or social games. But we’re still competitive out there on the court though.
This is the first year we’ve had a winter social tennis weekly fixture which grew to be very popular, and we are looking forward to our next competitive season ramping up again in October.
We can still operate through level 2, thankfully, because we love coming down here and having a hit around on the court and catching up with everyone.