New funding will allow Old Town Recreation Ground to extend opening hours of the community Tennis Courts.
Old Town Hub CIC was started in October 2020 to clean, repair and paint the four tennis courts at Old Town Recreation Ground. Since then, many Eastbourne residents have utilised the revamped facilities and a thriving tennis instruction club has been established for old & young.
Old Town Hub has since been approved for a grant of £2,144.52, matched with £5,003.88 of their own funding to install lighting, security measures and additional tennis equipment to extend the opening hours, meaning more local people will be able to take up the sport. The grant was issued by South East Business Boost (SEBB), a programme aimed at small to medium-sized businesses and sole traders to grow their business.
Craig told us “To make our venture sustainable and annual, rather than seasonal we needed to be able to offer winter tennis. Our only downfall was there are no lights and power at the site to be able to run lights so we sourced portable options and secure storage units. We also needed to build a stock of tennis rackets for our younger customers to use in training and developing the next generation of tennis players … but we needed help with funding to acquire these.
“always possible and the SEBB admin team have been fantastic from beginning to end. Since the first communication to the end where we were successful in the grant application we have been nothing but impressed. With a complex application they were able to assist with what was needed to be in there and also to help find other alternatives which weren’t thought about and considered. With our successful application we have now ordered the equipment and waiting on delivery.
“The funds will change our community project and make tennis accessible for the community all year.”
The application process is being managed by Always Possible, a Sussex-based company working partnership with SEBB to distribute the funds to business in East Sussex.
Old Town Hub are a great example of the diverse range of businesses thriving that make up East Sussex’s unique economy. It was a pleasure to work with Craig and the team to help them turn their plans into a project with over £2000 funding to build their club sustainably.
Not only do SEBB grants give growing businesses a boost, but will help SMEs across the county be more productive and better equipped to bring in new income long-term.