Rally as One – Supporting bushfire-affected communities
Through the Rally as One program, the ATF has supported communities devastated by 2019-20 bushfire events through rebuilding of community tennis clubs, dropping off racquets to local students, holding community events and providing after-school activities for primary school students.
Grants to primary schools to deliver tennis programs after school, focusing on building resilience in young people and rewarding positive participant behaviors. A family celebration event is included in the program to foster deeper connection with families and schools.
In partnership with the South West Indigenous Network in Queensland, the ATF is using tennis as a vehicle to engage young First Nations people in six regional communities and inspire healthy lifestyle choices.
In the Northern Territory, we have partnered with Tennis NT and Wanta Aboriginal Corporation to utilise tennis in nine remote communities to help increase health and wellbeing of students, improve school attendance and enhance educational outcomes.
The Opportunity Knocks Subsidy Program offers young people aged five to 17 facing disadvantage or adversity the opportunity to continue their tennis journey with subsidised coaching by a qualified tennis coach, support with club membership fees or competition fees.
The subsidy will ideally support children introduced to tennis through the Kids Tennis Program or who have completed other group coaching programs and are interested in moving into competitive play.
Bushfire Community Events
Grants to support the delivery of community events and school activations. In 2020/21, community events were held in Cobargo (NSW), Kangaroo Island and Adelaide Hills (SA), Mallacoota and Cudgewa (VIC) and Yepoon (QLD). Over 1250 people attended the events, which included school activations, tree planting, social tennis activities, community festival events, racquet drops and tennis coaching courses.
Kangaroo Island – November 2020
Yeppoon – November 2020
Cobargo – December 2020
Mallacoota – December 2020
Bushfire Community Infrastructure
The ATF has supported the redevelopment of the following community facilities impacted by the 2019/20 bushfire event:
- Kangaroo Island, SA: Rebuild of community hall and adjacent tennis court
- Mallacoota, Vic: Book a court installation
- Cudlee Creek, SA: Court resurfacing