29 July 2021 | Tennis NSW

Tennis venues across NSW have benefitted from $4.8 million in grant funding recently announced by the NSW Government and Tennis NSW.

The investment will support the delivery of projects totaling more than $10 million with most to be completed within the next 12 months. Tennis NSW commends the NSW Government for its increased commitment to sporting and community outcomes.

The funding program announcements included:

  • Greater Cities Sport Facilities Fund – $2.16m across three projects
  • Regional Sport Facilities Fund – $1.47m across four projects
  • Club Grants – $734k across six projects
  • ATP Cup Tennis Legacy Fund (Categories 2 and 3) – $360k across 31 projects

Of note were state significant projects in Tamworth and Wollongong where Tennis NSW has long been working with local Councils and tennis stakeholders to develop ITF quality regional venues.

The redevelopment at Treloar Park will create a new Tamworth Regional Tennis Centre ($3.45m project value) and includes upgrades to the clubhouse and site, as well as nine new ITF acrylic hard courts and four synthetic grass courts. The $600k boost through the Regional Sports Facilities Fund has secured the project which is also receiving significant funding contributions from the Federal Government, Council, West Tamworth Leagues Club, Tennis NSW and Tennis Australia. For further details click here.

The Wollongong Regional Tennis Centre project was also boosted by $1m through the Greater Cities Sport Facilities fund to complement funding from Council and Tennis NSW (approximately $4m total project value). The project will deliver the relocation and construction of eight ITF acrylic hard courts, two further hard courts and four synthetic grass courts as part of the overall staged redevelopment of Beaton Park. Project planning is expected to be finalised within the next six months. This will likewise provide a boost for future generations of players coming from the Illawarra and Shoalhaven.

Minister for Sport Natalie Ward said “The projects would keep communities healthy and active while creating a sports infrastructure construction boom.”

Tennis NSW CEO Lawrence Robertson said “The Tamworth Regional Tennis Centre redevelopment and the Wollongong Regional Tennis Hub project will play a vital role for our sport to provide the capacity to offer more opportunities for people throughout regional NSW and allow them to develop to their best of the abilities”.

The NSW Government’s Greater Cities Sport Facility Fund and Regional Sport Facility Fund will

see $100mavailable to organisations and Councils across metro and regional NSW during 2021, with applications for Round 2 due to open shortly.

The Fund provides grants from $100k- $1m to Councils, local sporting bodies, NSW State Sporting Organisations, State Sporting Organisations for People with Disability, National Sporting Organisations and private enterprises.

The NSW ATP Cup Tennis Legacy Fund continues to spread the benefits of the NSW Government, Tennis NSW and Tennis Australia partnership to bring world class tennis to NSW through the ATP Cup. Over $600k has been directly invested in over 50 grassroots tennis venues and programs through the first two rounds of Category 2 and 3 programs. Venues and tennis stakeholders have leveraged other government, Council and local investment on the back of this funding to realise over $3m in project value. Category 2 supports small to medium sized facility upgrades and Category 3 supports a range of tennis programs and events to increase participation. The third round is expected to open in the first quarter of 2022.

Tennis was also a big winner in the February 2021 round of the Club Grant (Infrastructure Grant) announced by the NSW Government. Six projects totalling $734k saw a huge investment from the NSW Government into tennis. Over the next year, $12.5mis available through this program through three funding rounds in July 2021, November 2021 and March 2022, with $50k-$300k offunding available for sport and recreation infrastructure projects. Infrastructure Grants are made possible through the NSW Government’s Club Grants Category 3 Fund. Read more.

The success of these projects underlines the importance of articulating clear community benefits, being well prepared and providing a quality submission, and leveraging critical local partnerships. Tennis NSW provides significant resources and support to its members to support them to become project and grant ready. For more information see here.

Greater Cities Sport Facilities Fund (March 2021 Round – announced July 2021)

Project (Applicant) Project Description Amount Awarded Total Project Value / Estimated
Wollongong Regional Tennis Hub (Wollongong City Council) New ITF regional venue $1m (approx. $4m)
Hornsby Ku-ring-gai District Tennis Association Inc Upgrade of tennis facilities – Berowra Tennis Centre $908,880 $908,880
Liverpool City Council


Bigge Park Tennis Complex upgrade $252,540 $650,000

Regional Sport Facilities Fund (March 2021 Round, announced June 2021)

Project (Applicant) Project Description Amount Awarded (Total Project Value) Total Project Value / Estimated
Tamworth Regional Tennis Hub (Tennis NSW) New ITF Regional venue $600,000 $3.45m
Cessnock City Council Facility upgrade – Miller Park Netball and Tennis $517,116 $517,116
Wauchope Timbertown Tennis Club Inc 4 hot-shot courts, LED lighting upgrade and disability ramp $253,628 $285,000
Moruya Bowling & Recreation Club Ltd 2 synthetic tennis court resurface and LED lighting upgrade $100,000 $125,000

For more information click here

NSW ATP Cup Tennis Legacy Fund – Categories 2 and 3 (Round 2 – March 2021, announced June 2021)

Project (Applicant) Project Description Amount Awarded Total Project Value / Estimated
Northern Suburbs Tennis Association Inc LED lighting upgrade – Talus Street Reserve $         21,600  $         107,525
Longueville Tennis Club Inc 5 synthetic court resurface  $         36,670  $         159,180
Murwillumbah Tennis Club Incorporated 2 synthetic court resurface and x2 conversion to hardcourt  $         21,886  $            71,134
Kendall Tennis Club New court  $         22,750  $         221,500
Paramount Tennis Club Inc. 2 hot shot courts resurface and new shade sail  $         12,500  $            60,682
Pro Sports Academy Pty Ltd Conversion of synthetic grass courts to 5 hot shot courts  $         21,725  $            86,900
Neutral Bay Club LED lighting upgrade  $         13,358  $            53,458
Casino Town Tennis Club 3 synthetic court resurface  $         24,100  $            96,400
Sawtell Tennis Club Inc 1 clay court resurface, irrigation and LED lighting upgrade  $         19,695  $            78,782
Tennis Club Of Yerong Creek Incorporated 1 court resurface and LED lighting upgrade  $         15,000  $            95,505
Englands Park Tennis Club Inc New fencing  $         10,000  $            43,359
Merimbula Tennis Club Incorporated 2 new hot shot courts and LED lighting upgrade  $         17,700  $            71,134
Hornsby Kuring-Gai District Tennis Association Inc LED lighting upgrade – Berowra Tennis Centre  $         11,788  $            47,153
Camden District Tennis Association 2 court resurface – Cawdor Park Tennis Complex  $         15,000  $            64,945
The Collaroy Tennis Club Incorporated LED lighting upgrade  $         23,500  $         119,000
Blind Low Vision Tennis NSW ACT Advantage Vision Program  $         10,000  $                  20,000
Newcastle Community Tennis Centre Pty Ltd Tennis and work skills program for people with disability, with gala day  $                 10,000  $                  21,780
Queenwood Tennis Centre All-ability tennis program  $                 10,000  $                  24,600
Kim Warwick Tennis Academy Electronic access system installation  $                    7,752  $                  15,505
Blacktown City Council Mum and child program – Blacktown Tennis Centre  $                    3,643  $                    7,288
Super Kids Sports Pty Ltd Girl’s winter sport program Pilot, with girls foundation coaching course  $                    4,676  $                    9,352
Canterbury Bankstown Tennis Association Inc Youth development program  $                    1,160  $                    2,320
West Port Macquarie Tennis Club Inc Mental health and well-being and exercise program  $                   3,500  $                    6,274
Scone Hardcourt Tennis Association Incorporated Aboriginal Tennis Program  $                   6,950  $                  13,900
Cessnock Tennis Club Inc Work Out Tennis Program  $                   3,060  $                    6,120
Rally4ever Physical and mental health tennis Program  $                    6,559  $                  20,520
Soldiers Point Tennis Club Inc ‘Come back to Tennis’ Program  $                   3,000  $                    4,500
Little Tennis Aces Expansion of modified tennis program  $                   5,000  $                  16,300
Junction Hill Tennis Club Inc Family fun sports nights community program  $                    1,200  $                    5,000
Griffith Tennis Club Incorporated Host the 100 Year Anniversary MIA Tournament  $                   2,000  $                  11,000
Centennial Parklands Sports Centre Women’s competition / tennis ladies league  $                    1,500  $                    8,120

Club Grants (Infrastructure Round February 2021, announced June 2021)

Project (Applicant) Project Description Amount Awarded Total Project Value / Estimated
Gloucester District Tennis Association 6 clay court resurface and LED lighting upgrade $250,193 $330,000
Bonny Hills Tennis Club


2 synthetic court resurface $63,512 $142,000
Westside Tennis Club New court $100,000 $110,000
Port Stephens Council Mallabula Sports Complex upgrade (Tilligery Tennis Club)

– Court resurface, New multi-sport court, amenities renewal, landscaping and paths

$115,000 Approx. $250,000 (TBC)
Alstonville Tennis Club 2 synthetic grass court resurface/replacement $68,300 $70,000
Ashford and District Tennis Club 3 clay court conversion to synthetic grass and new fencing $136,957