CLUBS OF THE MONTH
BELLEVUE HEIGHTS TENNIS CLUB
Bellevue Heights Tennis Club has notched some impressive wins ‘off the court’ of late.
The Club boosted its coaching endeavours with the appointment of the Helen Rice Tennis School towards the end of 2020. Of note, the Bellevue Heights Tennis Club has been instrumental in setting up a multicultural tennis program in conjunction with the Bellevue Heights Primary School and this formed a part of the successful Sport Australian Grant Funding application.
The subsidised coaching initiative provides an opportunity for multicultural, refugee and socially disadvantaged children to get involved in the game and opened up doors to the junior coaching program at the Club.
Under the leadership of President Adrian Sykes, the Club has recently overseen the redevelopment and upgrade of its six courts at Sargent Parade which includes LED lighting and the installation of a new Book-A-Court system.
To coincide with this, the Club celebrated its official opening of the new courts/facility on Saturday, April 10, with speakers including Member for Boothby, Nicolle Flint MP and Member of Davenport, Steve Murray MP.
Congratulations Bellevue Heights Tennis Club!
LAURA TENNIS CLUB
Laura Tennis Club have been through a tough period with low numbers. They even had a couple seasons where having a senior team on Saturday afternoon wasn’t possible. Through this period focusing on social tennis has allowed the club to stay afloat and remain active. Laura Tennis Club has had very successful social tennis with great numbers turning out and reinvigorating the club.
Congratulations Laura Tennis Club!
VOLUNTEERS OF THE MONTH
Rhees Blewett is a life member of Southbank Tennis Club and has served various other roles in addition to his current role as Club Captain; including President, Junior Coordinator and Junior Coordinator at Glenelg District Tennis Association since joining the club in the late 90s.
Throughout his time with Southbank Tennis Club, Rhees has played a key role in assisting with the court upgrade and redevelopment of the club in 2018.
In conjunction with the court upgrade, he was also inspirational in helping the club achieve STARCLUB accreditation; one of the first tennis clubs in the state to achieve this
In his time as Junior Coordinator, he also ran and coordinated 21 teams on Saturday morning in its “hey day” during 2009/10 – a huge feat while also winning a few premierships!
Rhees takes pride in volunteering, and encourages others to give it a go too,
“It gives you a different perspective on the sport and satisfaction from helping others achieve their goals; especially seeing juniors come through into seniors and actually perform well and face some different competition/challenges,” said Rhees.
Stephen Bosch is currently the President of the Laura Tennis Club. His outstanding efforts and contribution to the club have been recognised with received life membership for the Laura Tennis Club recently. Steve has been playing for 33 years, including 6 premierships. He has also done 14 years as president (so far). An outstanding effort.