The EFA’s FiveStar Project Secures a Major Grant for the New Courts at St.Olave’s School Orpington

A major step has been taken by the Eton Fives Association towards raising the money to build four new Eton Fives courts at St.Olave’s School Orpington.

These courts, which will bring the number at the school up to eight, are desperately needed to enable more pupils, especially girls, to play and also to develop the courts as a hub for the local community. The EFA supports this project wholeheartedly as it believes that this community hub will become “Southway”, providing a facility for Eton Fives for the communities in South London in a similar way that Westway does for West London.

Thanks to the energy and initiative of Howard Wiseman, who has been the leading spirit behind St.Olave’s fives for many years, the majority of the construction costs have been raised from individual donations and from the Old Olavian Association.

As part of its strategic development activity, The FiveStar Project, the EFA applied to The Bernard Sunley Charitable Trust for financial help. We are delighted to report that this Trust has awarded a grant of £35,000 towards the courts – a massive step forward.

This generous grant now brings us near to the finishing line in terms of fundraising.

If you would like to find out more about this project which has the power to transform Eton Fives in South London, please view www.olavianfives.com.

To find out more about The FiveStar Project, the EFA’s seven-year strategic development plan, please contact Gareth Hoskins.