Montville Tennis Club Inc.

About Us

     

From pineapples to tennis balls……..

The Montville Sports and Recreation Ground is located about 3 km south of Montville on the Montville-Maleny Road. It was formerly a thriving pineapple farm and part of the original selection of Thorvald Weitemeyer, later owned by the Ruddy and then the Glover families.

In 1925, the pineapple farm gave way to the first sporting facility built at the grounds: the tennis courts. This Sports and Recreation Ground was a local response to meet community needs for a sport and recreation venue in Montville to replace the Village Green which had been re-developed into a cultural precinct. The ground was managed by a group of five trustees until it was transferred to the Montville Village Association in 1993 to manage in trust for and on behalf of the people of Montville.

In the early 1950s an official tennis club was formed to manage the courts. This club operated for over 60 years until it lapsed at the end of 2013. On 5 June 2014, on behalf of the Montville Village Association, the Management Committee of the Montville Sports and Recreation Ground invited expressions of interest from community groups to form a tennis club at the Montville Sports and Recreation Grounds.

As Trustee of the sports ground, the Montville Village Association, through the Sports Ground Management Committee, assumed management of the facilities and assets of the club in trust until a new club could be constituted.

Assets include two tennis courts, one in fair condition with lighting and the other in need of re-surfacing; a club house; and a modest bank balance. The successful applicant would take over the lease of the tennis courts and club house and agree to sign a seven-year lease agreement.

After many months of negotiation the Montville Tennis Club was incorporated on 7 September 2018 following a members’ meeting held on Tuesday 13 August 2018 with the agreement of the Montville Village Association.

Mr Wayne Parcell was elected President and Dr Brett Abbenbroek was elected Secretary. These two office bearers have an initial three-year tenure to ensure the club has a strong foundation for growth and the vision for the club can be realised.

The Club’s vision is to offer the Montville community a friendly and dynamic environment in which to play tennis. The aim is to cater for all players, young and old, new and experienced.

Upgrades of the two courts and the clubhouse are planned to commence in early 2019, subject to funding being secured through government grant programs, membership fees and donations.

The Montville Tennis Club will offer a unique club and tennis experience. Imagine, enjoying tennis from the comfort of your rattan cane couch on the generous clubhouse verandah with a refreshing tall drink where quirkiness and tradition meet.