Kyvalley Tennis Club has claimed a memorable win at the Tennis Victoria Champions Dinner by winning the prestigious Most Outstanding Club or Centre award on Friday night.
Less than one week after the Grand Opening of their new courts courtesy of Pick My Project, the club, nominated for the second year in a row, won the award ahead of a standout field of competition including; Royal Park Tennis Club, Hume Tennis and Community Centre and Traralgon Tennis Association.
The night was hosted by 22-time grand slam champion, Todd Woodbridge, and also attended by guest speaker, former World No.4, Jelena Dokic. Almost 400 guests packed into the magnificent Pullman, Albert Park, grand ballroom.
The award is one of 14 other Victorian Tennis Awards that were presented, but the Most Outstanding Club or Centre proved to be an emotional victory for a club that had to resurrect itself following an eight-year recess. Fast-forward to now and the club boasts an incredible 300+ members from a town population of 329.
The vibrant club situated approximately 200kms outside of Melbourne’s CBD, nestled in between Shepparton and Echuca, has gone through significant change to lead to this moment.
With approximately 70 participants in their most recent ANZ Tennis Hot Shots program, the club engages players through social and competition tennis. They have a thriving social tennis program that has players driving from neighbouring towns to participate. It is truly the heartbeat of the community.
Kyvalley Tennis Club Treasurer, Melissa Williams, was excited to speak on behalf of the hard working volunteers that have allowed for the cub to get into a healthy position.
“This is a huge acknowledgement for our club. We’re a small country club and after reforming in the last seven years this is great recognition,” Williams said.
“We’re in amongst the cow paddocks and it’s great recognition for the volunteers, players and committee members, we couldn’t be happier.
“We’re over the moon,” she said.