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.
Special Olympics Flinders received $7,500 of funding in round 1 to conduct a tennis development project. The Tennis Development Project will upskill coaches to deliver tennis to people with intellectual disabilities and provide a mentoring opportunity to a coach with an intellectual disability. The project will provide skill building, fitness and enjoyment for adults and young people with an intellectual disability while also providing a place for their families to connect. Category 2 provides funding for facility developments and upgrades that increase participation in tennis.
Chairperson of Special Olympics Flinders, Natalie Johnston said, “Special Olympics Flinders is excited to use this funding for the development and growth of the Special Olympics Flinders Tennis Program in conjunction with Tennis Blast.
“Our grassroots tennis program aims to increase awareness and opportunity for athletes with a disability, to get them on the court, moving, developing ball skills, gross motor skills and confidence. It also provides a network and social opportunity for not just the athletes but the families and carers as well.
“After the passing of our long standing coach Greg Gibson suddenly at the end of 2019, this grant has enabled our club and program to form new relationships and expand the opportunities for not just the athletes and families but with our affiliate partners as well.”
Member for Oatley, Mark Coure said Special Olympics Flinders played a vital role providing participation opportunities for athletes with disability.
“The NSW Government is proud to support a program that gives players of all abilities the opportunity to play tennis,” Mr Coure said.
Minister for Sport Geoff Lee said Special Olympics Flinders were one of 19 organisations across the NSW to receive a grant in Round 1 of the Fund.
“The ATP Cup brought tennis’s superstars to Sydney.
“The Fund will see tennis flourish through projects which support facility upgrades and encourage participation across NSW,” Mr Lee said.
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.