15 November 2021 | Tennis SA

Cudlee Creek Tennis Club has celebrated the opening of their newly redeveloped tennis courts following the devastating bushfires that hit the Adelaide Hills in late 2019, thanks to the Australian Tennis Foundation.

Minister for Recreation, Sport and Racing Corey Wingard joined Liberal Candidate for Schubert Ashton Hurn, along with Cudlee Creek Tennis Club, Adelaide Hills Council and Tennis SA representatives, last Wednesday to officially open the courts.

The Cudlee Creek bushfire took hold just days prior to Christmas in 2019, with surrounding towns such as Lobethal, Woodside, Brukunga, Harrogate and Mount Torrens in its path. The fire was declared safe two weeks later having destroyed over 23,000 hectares, 98 homes, over 500 buildings and more than 300 vehicles.

Whilst the club itself managed to escape relatively unscathed, the local community continues to recover. $12,000 funding from the Australian Tennis Foundation has supported the upgrade of the tennis facilities to create a safe and modern space for families to gather for recreation year-round.

“This project has really rejuvenated Cudlee Creek Tennis Club and we are all looking forward to using the new courts,” said Michelle Kenley from Cudlee Creek Tennis Club.

“We are very grateful to the Australian Tennis Foundation for their support of our club and community.”

“Sport is a powerful vehicle in bringing families and communities together,” Australian Tennis Foundation Executive Director Vicki Reid said.

“During disaster recovery, community connectedness and social cohesion is even more vital.  This redevelopment will be a great asset for local families and allow Cudlee Creek Tennis Club to play a valuable role in building resilience in young people and strengthening community spirit.“

The Australian Tennis Foundation (ATF) is Tennis Australia’s official charity.

The ATF harnesses the power of tennis to help children and young people develop resilience, make healthy life choices and feel positive about the future.  At the core of each initiative the ATF aims to:  Improve physical mental and social health, build self-esteem and confidence, learn respect, team work and sportsmanship, decrease the impacts of social and geographic isolation through inclusion and acceptance, and relieve socioeconomic disadvantage.