In 2020 Tennis NSW and the NSW Government launched the ATP Cup Tennis Legacy Fund providing more than $240,000 in funding through Round 1 of the program for projects that support facility upgrades and drive participation.
The Fund will deliver more than $5 million in funding to tennis clubs, providers and venues as a result of Sydney hosting the ATP Cup Finals. Funding for categories 2 and 3 will be delivered through a grant program over three years in 2020, 2021 and 2022.
Mood Active is an organisation that help people use exercise to improve their mental health through affordable exercise programs. Category 3 provides funding for participation program development and delivery. Mood Active will be allocating the funds to a mental health initiative, providing subsidized Cardio Tennis sessions to people who are suffering from depression and anxiety.
Tania Curley from Mood Active said, “this Legacy funding and partnerships with organisations such as East Courts Tennis has been critical to the success of our programs.”
“It can be the difference between someone accessing exercise as an early mental health intervention tool and not.”
“Cardio Tennis in particular is our most popular program as it provides the right mix of mastering skills, novelty and social connection that helps rebuild confidence and get people back on their feet.”
Minister for Sport Geoff Lee said Maroubra’s tennis had a proud history and the grant would ensure that legacy continued.
“This project will benefit members of the local community, providing valuable mental health support through tennis.”
“The ATP Cup brought tennis’s superstars to Sydney. The Fund builds on that legacy through projects that support facility upgrades and encourages participation across NSW,” Mr Lee said.
Mood Active were one of 19 organisations across the State to receive a grant in Round 1 of the Fund to provide participation opportunities in tennis.
Tennis NSW CEO, Lawrence Robertson said, “We are pleased to be able to leverage off the ATP Cup to provide more playing opportunities for more people across NSW. The Legacy Fund will provide vital support to our grassroots to strengthen our sport further”.
The NSW Government, Tennis NSW and Mood Active are thrilled to invest the legacy funds from the ATP Cup Sydney back into grassroots tennis to provide opportunities to communities across the Maroubra area.