22 May 2020 | Tennis Tasmania

Tennis Tasmania has congratulated the Tasmanian Government for its continuing support of the sports community following the release of the first tranche of funding to support sports organisations.

Tennis Tasmania was a successful applicant of the COVID-19 Sport and Recreation Grants Program and will receive $150,000 as part of tranche 1 of the funding model.

Funding provided through tranche 1 of the COVID-19 Sport and Recreation Grants program is specifically to assist with salary costs for six months for employees across sporting organisations that are undertaking sport-related duties.

Minister for Sport and Recreation, Jane Howlett, was on court at the Domain Tennis Centre in Hobart as the club was among a number of Tasmanian clubs to re-open this week in a gradual manner under the first stage of the return to play plan announced last week.

The Minister joined local junior players Alejandro Fisher and Alicia Dale for a hit on Centre Court.

The Return to Play Matrix, which aligns with the three stages the State Government’s Roadmap to Recovery, provides an overview to the guidelines that recommend a safe return to play.

‘‘I am delighted to see our $2 million sport and recreation assistance package supporting important organisations, such as Tennis Tasmania, through these challenging times,” the Minister said.

‘I am pleased that Tennis players around the State are now able to return to play under the guidelines put in place by our Government, and I thank clubs for the measures they are taking to ensure a COVID-safe environment.’

Importantly, the grant will allow Tennis Tasmania to support 17 jobs, with General Manager Darren Sturgess welcoming the decision.

“We’re grateful for the support the Minister and the Tasmanian Government has shown to Tennis Tasmania and a number of other sporting organisations in the state,” Tennis Tasmania GM Darren Sturgess said.

“This funding will allow us to get back from our current reduced work capacity and provide further service to our clubs and stakeholders as tennis in Tasmania resumes in a COVID-safe manner.”

Current tennis offerings of Stage 1 of the return to play plan include community and social play, along with some coaching.

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