Your help is needed to help us raise £10,000 to kick start our fundraising appeal to deliver a fantastic new multi-sports court area for Cartmel Priory School.
We urgently need your help so we can renovate the old existing tennis courts at the school. We'll be digging up the existing courts to replace them with a modern multi-games area with a brand-new surface. We will need to address drainage issues, replace the battered fence and facilitate flood lighting options. The new area will be useable all year round.
Please recognise our young people's achievement in our '10,000 steps' challenge, so we can get closer to our goal.
There is no better time to give - right now we have an anonymous donor who is willing to match every £1 we raise (up to £10,000) with £1 of their own. This means that for every £1 you sponsor, your donation will be worth 100% more. With gift aid - this means that £10,000 raised could be worth £22,500 to the school and get us going to being able to provide the young people with a first-class multi-sports courts area.
The challenge the young people took on...
On Friday 3rd July, all our young people completed our 10,000 step challenge by conquering Howbarrow, either by walking or running. Between them they covered over 2.5 million steps and climbed Everest 3 times!
Q. What is the problem with the current courts area?
The current surface has worn away and after extensive use the macadam surface has dipped in several areas making it unsafe to use. In particular, during periods of wet weather (of which we have quite a few!) water sits on the surface. This dirt becomes silt which needs to be cleaned prior to use to make the courts safe and prevent any accidents or injuries.
Over 10 years ago the surface was painted with a non-slip acrylic paint which improved matters for a few years but wore away leaving the same problem. At the same time a new drain was fitted next to the courts but this has proved ineffective.
We need a new sports grade surface and better drainage to give us a solution that will last a generation. This improved facility will be useable all year long and no longer limited to fair weather.
Why we're raising money
Q. What is the replacement?
The new multi-sports courts will occupy the same footprint of the current courts area (2300 sq. m). The surface will be removed, additional drainage installed and a new sports grade macadam installed. The fencing will be replaced and slightly raised (to 3m). We are also investigating how a flood light option might be incorporated and this would be finalised before the project begins.
The games area will be marked up for 4 tennis courts, 3 netball pitches, 2 basketball pitches and 1 football pitch (these will overlap with each other). In addition there will be infrastructure to secure netball posts and tennis nets as required.
Q. Have you considered a 3G surface?
We have investigated the best new court surface and have chosen a sports grade macadam rather than a 3G option. We are aware that 3G pitches are a good alternative to grass pitches for football, but they are not as suitable to multi-sports.
3G pitches have a much higher initial cost, require a lot of maintenance and require only the right sort of footwear to be worn. 3G pitches consist of three elements: synthetic turf, sand infill and rubber infill. This infill needs regular brushing (at least weekly) and replacing to keep the pitch in top condition. Conservative estimates are that pitch maintenance alone would be over £5,500 a year. The sports grade macadam is a porous open textured all-weather system which allows the drainage of surface water. This permeable nature is perfect for the UK and play can resume very soon after rainfall.
We have chosen the best option for our school, which is lower overall cost, lower maintenance and designed to last a number of years.
Q. When will the courts be built?
There are a number of stages of the fundraising journey and this is the beginning. Following this appeal, several applications will be submitted to trusts and foundations who can help projects like ours. We anticipate these applications being made between August and December. It can take 3 to 4 months for decisions on applications to be made so we anticipate by Easter 2022 we will know how close we are to receiving all the funds we require.
Q. Can you tell us more about the school?
Cartmel Priory School is a small rural school (around 350 students aged 11 to 16), Our mission statement is ‘Run Faster, Reach Further, Aim Higher, Grow Tall, Work Harder, Think Deeper, Laugh Louder, Love All’. We have high aspirations for our students but we also value them as individuals.
We have a strong focus on sport and despite being a small school prior to Covid we still managed to run 10 different after/before school clubs (Running, Badminton, Orienteering, Hockey, Tennis, Netball, Athletics, Rugby, Trampoline and Fitness Club). This is 200 extracurricular sport sessions open to all, with around 15 to 20 participants from 11 to 16. We have strong links with our local community and we hope we can open this improved facility to be used by the community.