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11 March 2021 | Tennis SA

CLUBS OF THE MONTH

CUDLEE CREEK TENNIS CLUB

Cudlee Creek Tennis Club are a small community of around 470 residents, with only 2 sporting clubs and one recreational surface – the Tennis Courts.
The club committee have been working tirelessly over the last 4 years in collaboration with The Adelaide Hills Council, Tennis SA and The Torrens Valley Tennis Association to understand the community better, identify how the club best fits with those needs and ensuring they are providing the best environment for members, visitors and community – whilst fundraising to resurface courts!

Cudlee Creek Tennis Club has also worked hard to obtain grants from FRRR, The Adelaide Hills Council, SERF Grant and ORSR Active Club Grant, from which they were able to purchase new club shirts for all players and additional equipment.

Congratulations to Cudlee Creek Tennis Club!

PORT LINCOLN TENNIS ASSOCIATION

Port Lincoln Tennis Association have been committed to increasing their offerings to support the wants and needs of their community. The introduction of the Beginner Pathway, Tuna Tennis coaching program, red, orange and green ball doubles, Fast 4 competition and Juniors and Seniors Foundation Cup Squad has resulted in the most members to date, and the biggest membership base on the Eyre Peninsula!

With $1.2 million dollars contributed through fundraising, sponsors and grant applications, we recognize their completion of a 10-year business plan with upgrades to their clubrooms, surrounds and 16 courts. This has secured welcoming facilities resulting in more members, community usage, usage by Tennis SA for carnivals, Schools interschool competitions, Foundation Cup training, SAPSSA tryouts and training, as well as increased visitors to the region.

Congratulations to Port Lincoln Tennis Association!

VOLUNTEERS OF THE MONTH

Michelle Kenley has been involved with Cuddlee Creek Tennis Club and Torrens Valley Tennis Association for the past 7 years.

In her time at these clubs, Michelle has dedicated her time to delivering a better understanding of how the club fits within their community, resulting in better communication and a new approach suitable for all generations.

She has overseen the senior teams get back on court, and ensured they have the support they need each season with coaching. Michelle thrives on the community aspect of tennis and loves seeing the support and kindness of other clubs when they come together.

Congratulations Michelle!

Julie Polkinghorne has been both the President of Port Lincoln Tennis Association and the Coordinator of the Eyre Peninsula Foundation Cup team for 16 years. On top of that, Julie’s dedication extends to Captain of Mixed Friday Night team, Coordinator of Men’s Monday night, Juniors Thursday night and Saturday morning, and Coordinator of EP junior tournaments… just to name a few!

During Julie’s time with Port Lincoln Tennis Association, she has secured $1.2 million in upgrades to facilities over a 10-year period. Julie thrives on creating pathways and watching players proceed on their tennis journey from the beginner level through to senior level – “the immense enjoyment that I get from my involvement in tennis as a volunteer is what motivates me to continue in my role as President”.

Congratulations Julie!