The NSW tennis community has benefited from NSW hosting the ATP Cup following the awarding of grants in Round 3 of the NSW ATP Cup Tennis Legacy Fund.
24 tennis clubs, associations and councils across NSW have shared in more than $347,000 in Round 3. The grants will be used to support the construction of new tennis facilities and help people of all ages and abilities play tennis through a partnership between the NSW Government and Tennis NSW.
Minister for Tourism and Sport Stuart Ayres said the Legacy Fund is improving tennis facilities across the state.
“In collaboration with Tennis NSW, more than $2.4 million has been invested in new programs and facilities to get more people playing tennis,” Mr Ayres said.
“The NSW Government is committed to ensuring our investment in 10 World Cups in 10 years leaves a legacy at all levels of sport across NSW.”
Tennis NSW CEO Darren Simpson said, “The NSW ATP Cup Tennis Legacy Fund has and continues to provide important funds to the sport of tennis in NSW.
“Tennis NSW is proud to have partnered with the Office of Sport to ensure the benefits of hosting the ATP Cup here in Sydney reaches tennis communities across NSW.
“Grassroots tennis will benefit from the outcomes delivered through the successful projects for years to come.”
Projects awarded grants through Round 3 include:
|RALLY4EVER||Mental Wellness Program – Southern NSW||The program will facilitate 20 participants per court with a one-hour group session each week for three 6-week programs. RALLY4EVER assists those in the community who are homeless, disadvantaged or isolated and suffering from poor mental health or loneliness.|
|Henty Park Tennis Club||Tennis camp and coaching program for young people||Project aim is to increase participation in tennis by providing professional coaching opportunities to young people (5-18yrs) within the rural and remote community.|
|Reclink Australia||Reclink Accessible Tennis Program||Reclink plans to implement a program that gives access to coaching sessions to those who face social, economic and mental health barriers in the Inner West/Western Sydney area.|
|Eglinton District Tennis Club||Install Smart Padlock System and Associated Security Lighting||The new system will allow longer periods of time where the courts are available for use by the public and will also provide easier access to everybody through incorporated online booking system.|
|The Hills Shire Council||Replacement of tennis court shade structures||Replacement of two tennis court shade structures and seating with concrete slab base at the Hills District Tennis Centre at Fred Caterson Reserve, Castle Hill.|
|Woolgoolga Tennis Club||‘”Mums and Bubs” Tennis Program||The first Mums and Bubs Tennis Program on the Mid North Coast with a vision to offer exercise and social connection for “Mums” (or other carers) and supervised coaching for “Bubs” (2.5- 5 year olds).|
|Westside Tennis Club||Adult Indigenous tennis activation||The establishment of an adult Indigenous tennis program designed to destigmatise mental health issues, build resilience and address the negative perceptions of seeking support within the local Indigenous community.|
|Narrandera Tennis Club||Upgrade of four clay courts to synthetic courts||Half of the courts at this venue are out of use clay courts being overtaken with weeds. These upgrades will reinvigorate tennis for the local community.|
|Pearl Beach Tennis & Recreation Club||Refencing||Upgrading the fencing to ensure optimal safety for the community.|
|Eastwood Thornleigh District Tennis Association||Tennis practice hitting wall||Providing a hitting wall for the local playing community to practice.|
|Kiama Shellharbour District Tennis Association||LED lighting upgrade at McDonald Park Tennis Centre||Upgrading lights to provide more opportunity for the local community to play more tennis more often.|
|Hallam Avenue Tennis Club||Resurfacing two courts and refencing||Having upgraded court facilities will broaden the player base. Greater engagement by current members, the coach, students and casual bookers will increase ‘word of mouth’ promotion of the courts and result in greater court usage and enjoyment of the facilities.|
|Sydney Sports Management Group||SMASH – Mental Health 12 week program||In 2021 SSMG in collaboration with Collective Leisure launched a 12 week pilot mental health program utilising tennis as a vehicle to combat those in the community irrespective of age, gender or ethnicity suffering from mental health. The free weekly two hour class empowers everyone in the community through connection and fitness during difficult times. The new objective is to transition the pilots into a 48 week program and collaborate with Tennis NSW to scale the program across the State.|
|Learmonth Park Tennis Club||Online booking, electronic lighting and security camera installation||The implementation of online booking, electronic keypad entry and integrated automated lighting with an aim to increase participation by 35%.|
|City Community Tennis||Bouncers Tennis: Building Mental Health and Resilience Through Social Tennis||In partnership with Reclink Australia and The Settlement Neighbourhood Centre, City Community Tennis will provide tennis coaching sessions to children, youth and adults living in inner city Sydney suburbs who face social, economic and mental health barriers to playing tennis.|
|Mosman Lawn Tennis Club||Conversion of grass courts to synthetic and installation of lighting||Conversion of four existing grass tennis courts to synthetic grass surface, replacement tennis fencing and gates to six courts and new landscaping and spectator seating to the side of four courts. In addition, the provision of court lighting to six tennis courts, all oh which were previously unlit.|
|Parkes Tennis Club||Clubhouse upgrades||Design and install new flooring, new entry doors and an expanded audio system flexible enough to handle multiple zones and sustain all the activities that occur simultaneously within the busy venue.|
|Beechwood Tennis Club||Junior coaching program||Establish a coaching program to incentivise juniors to begin their tennis journey. The growing community has access to two newly renovated courts but usage is low due to a disconnect during COVID restrictions.|
|Parramatta City Tennis||Lighting upgrade||The lighting for courts 1-17 is inefficient, often failing and needs to be upgraded to a modern LED system. This will result in cost savings, reduction of the environmental impact, production of better light, sustainability for the venue and will be safer.|
|Soldiers Point Tennis Club||Lighting upgrade||LED lighting upgrade for 12 lighting fixtures.|
|Illawarra Suburbs Lawn Tennis Association||Lighting upgrade||Upgrade to the last of the outdated halogen lights at Rockdale Tennis Centre.|
|Oak Flats Tennis Club||Lighting upgrade||Upgrade the outdated halogen lights at Oak Flats Tennis Club.|
|Inner West Council||Lighting upgrade||Upgrading of the lights for two existing tennis courts at Darrel Jackson Gardens, Summer Hill.|
|Bowral Tennis Club||Lighting upgrade||The project involves installation of new light poles, modern LED lighting and control systems for BTC’s four hard courts. As the only public courts available in Bowral this will provide more playing opportunities for the local community.|