6 May 2022 | Tennis Victoria

A junior round robin tournament has fostered a new community connection for members and kids at St Albans East Tennis Club!

DHA Tennis Academy held the three-day  tournament at St Albans East Tennis Club from the 12-14th April.

Over fifty participants of all ages descended on the club for the tournament, which was created for kids to experience match play and compete with other kids in a fun and supportive environment.

With older participants also helping score matches, it was a learning opportunity for both playing and officiating. Parents watched and cheered on the junior athletes, while some joined St Albans East President Son Ngyuen to expertly navigate the barbecue come lunchtime.

With so many participants, the tournament was a wonderful opportunity to gain competitive experience while also socialising and meeting new friends. And it wasn’t just the younger generations making new connections! During the tournament, a few members of the Australian African Foundation for Retention and Opportunity (AAFRO) were hosting their own activities inside the neighbouring sports pavilion.

When invited to come out and join the club, they happily accepted and enjoyed lunch with the group. It was fantastic to see the kids and members getting involved and interacting, and the club has now made a valuable connection with the AAFRO group.

As the group were keen to be more involved with tennis, St Albans East were more than happy to invite AAFRO to the next school holiday clinic.

If you’d like to make meaningful connections with other communities at your club, an ACE grant can help! Learn more about the program and apply here.