15 June 2021 | Tennis SA

ANZ last week announced Naracoorte Tennis Club as one of ten lucky recipients to receive a $10,000 grant through its ANZ Community Tennis Grants initiative, helping support and develop local tennis clubs who deliver the ANZ Tennis Hot Shots program.

Now in its fourth year, ANZ has awarded $700,000 in grants to 70 local tennis communities across Australia.

Naracoorte Tennis Club will receive the $10,000 grant to help support their tennis facilities. The club will be using the funds to upgrade six courts in order to continue to grow their Hot Shots program. Currently the courts have deteriorated to a point where they are not in a safe playing standard. Court resurfacing will prepare the courts for maintenance and bring them back to a safe and playable standard for the tennis community.

ANZ Tennis Hot Shots and the Community Tennis Grants programs are designed to provide additional resources for clubs and schools to make tennis more accessible for everyone.

ANZ Naracoorte Branch Manager Lesley Clifton said: “In 2021, ANZ is once again supporting grassroots tennis across Australia with its Community Tennis Grants initiative. We’re beyond thrilled that our local club, Naracoorte Tennis Club has been chosen to receive the ANZ Tennis Hot Shots community grant. The Naracoorte Tennis Club is a wonderful part of our community and a great supporter of ongoing grassroots tennis.”

The Grants initiative is an extension of the bank’s sponsorship of ANZ Tennis Hot Shots, which is Tennis Australia’s modified starter program for children – using smaller courts, lower nets, lighter racquets and low compression balls making it suitable for children of all abilities.

Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley said: “This is a great opportunity for Naracoorte Tennis Club to improve its community’s tennis facilities. We look forward to seeing Naracoorte Tennis Club prosper and we’d like to thank ANZ for its ongoing support of tennis in our community and the ANZ Tennis Hot Shots program.”