Al Ashbrook steps in to help failing Gymnastics Charity in Tunbridge Wells
Al Ashbrook Web Design has pledged to assist Tunbridge Wells Gymnastics Club, which is a community-centric charitable organisation
TWGC has been providing community-wide support through gymnastics for children for over 20 years. Classes take place daily at all levels, from recreational beginners to senior artistic level. Tunbridge Wells Gymnastics Club is the only organisation in the area to offer Olympic-level training capabilities, with internationally recognised coaches and fully trained professionals all working on a voluntary or vocational basis.
The organisation has always operated on a strictly not-for-profit basis and has served as a successful platform for supporting the local community throughout a difficult economic climate, with no support from local authorities. Recent austerity measures and rising commercial rents have seen the monthly rental costs leap by 46%. Changes in the rental agreement made by Tunbridge Wells Borough Council now mean that TWGC is now liable for building insurance, as well as the maintenance of all internal fixtures – such as the plumbing and heating systems.
Al Ashbrook Web Design is critical of these changes in legislation, and fully intends to highlight these concerns, as well as working with TWGC in order to facilitate the negotiation of a more amicable monthly rental agreement
Should a case prove successful, Al Ashbrook Web Design intends to continue investigating business rates and other local authority charges. Changes to rental contracts have crippled Tunbridge Wells Gymnastic Club, who recently had to pay upwards of £4,000 for a brand new heating system mere days after the legislative changes were imposed upon them by the council. All fundraising efforts have been wiped out and diverted to renewing the gas and heating system. It’s arguable that this has been a callous move by the local authorities – depriving children of heat in what has been the coldest prolonged winter of recent times.
Tunbridge Wells based Al Ashbrook Web Design endeavours to supply Tunbridge Wells Gymnastics Club with as much support as possible in helping to move their business forward again – through the use of technology, first and foremost with a complete overhaul and re-design of their website and content, followed closely by the streamlining of communications and newsfeeds to parents/guardians using new online media platforms, through digital newsletters via email and the introduction of an SMS service.
Al Ashbrook Web Design will also be working to improve the business branding, uniform aesthetics, stationary and printing needs of the club, as well as providing new signage and display boards and similar items to help boost both the identity and image of the business. The firm will work closely with Tunbridge Wells Gymnastic Club in order to find ways to further streamline their business model and processes, including invoicing, payment collections and the expansion of their payment methods to include online payments, card payments and recurring payment methods which will all serve to reduce administration levels on a daily, weekly and monthly basis, leaving instructors free to do what they do best – coaching the children, and moulding the future Olympic gymnasts of the Great Britain.
Al Ashbrook Web Design and Hosting believes the closure of Tunbridge Wells Gymnastic Club would be a huge loss to the local community. The closure of such a well-established local charity based in an area recognised as needing community support would be a huge blow. The club provides safe and fun facilities for children of all ages, and helps encourage and develop the skills of the young people of Tunbridge Wells and surrounding areas. Al Ashbrook Web Design pledges to do everything it can to help support the growth of Tunbridge Wells Gymnastic Club, working ceaselessly to help them get back on their feet and holding their medals high again !