Volunteer Week Day 7 – Pat Powell


Pat Powell

Treasurer, Rustlings Tennis Club

My association with Rustlings Lawn Tennis Club is a long one! Having lived 50 yds from the Club since 1980 and longing to play tennis but tied down with childcare, I finally joined 10 years later.
Within a short space of time, and due to a set of circumstances, I was on the Committee taking on the role of Membership Secretary. This role kept me going until about 15 months ago and was one of the most rewarding I’ve ever done. At times somewhat frustrating, certainly never boring, I met so many lovely people who wanted to be part of Rustlings and simply play tennis, whatever their standard. I so enjoyed meeting people of all age groups (especially the younger ones), and from all backgrounds. But what I really enjoyed was seeing people settle into the club, gain in confidence tennis-wise and being part of a group of people who loved their sport. Eventually I started organising a number of social tournaments during the season with the offer of a bottle of wine as incentive, and a good lunch. These have been missed this summer so far!

Like many volunteers in whatever sphere I gradually took on more so that last year, along with our Committee, we helped secure substantial funding from Yorkshire LTA to resurface all five of our courts and this has made a vast difference to the appearance and future of the club. Having seen this project through, and jointly helping raise further funding from Sport England to add floodlights on three of our five courts by September I am now acting as Project Manager. This one is proving a headache but hopefully we’ll get there on time and within budget.

Having relinquished the Membership Secretary’s role to a younger person with lots of enthusiasm I now find myself as Treasurer for Rustlings. Strangely enough I quite enjoy dealing with budgets and cash flow forecasts etc. and it is certainly keeping my brain ticking over…
If I were to take one thing from volunteering within tennis it would be working within a team and having made some really good friends. At times things seem difficult but it feels as though we are pulling together, adding a little bit of humour, with the aim of making Rustlings the best we can.

Pat Powell Rustlings Lawn Tennis Club