8 January 2019 | Tennis West

Collaboration with local government is integral to the long term sustainability of tennis clubs.  Like all sports, tennis is reliant upon the tenure opportunities and program development opportunities offered by the most local tier of government.

As a part of the overall Hopman Cup festivities, Tennis West extended an invitation to local government partners to gain greater strategic facility management insights from the sport of tennis.  Steve Marquis Head of Places at Tennis Australia visited Perth to share a nationwide facilities vision.

Key points shared with the 23 local government officers were:

  • Tennis Australia’s – Places Strategy
    • Facility Project Planning and Delivery
    • Club and Venue Management
    • Taking Coaches to the Next Level
  • Tennis Australia’s (New) ‘Infrastructure Planning Resource’ documentA recently finalised document that offers clubs and local government facility operators with key technical information and statutory requirements
  • Preferred Project Planning Pathway
    • Focusing on engagement and an evidence based approach, tennis as a sport is seeking to establish a consistent approach to projects and the support provided by stakeholders
  • Social Return on Investment
    • Investment in tennis delivers far beyond the infrastructure and participation outcomes to provide lasting positive impacts to local communities
    • Every one dollar invested in community tennis realizes a $5.16 return
  • Benchmarking of West Australian Tennis Clubs
    • Making the business of Tennis Work
    • Tennis West is surpassing the national mediums in benchmarks for:
      • Numbers of annual visits
      • Expense recovery
      • Annual sinking funds
    • ‘Bounce’ an on-line portal resource available to all affiliated tennis clubs

The resources available to all tennis stakeholders is something that Tennis Australia and its Member Associations (such as Tennis West) are extremely proud of.  The amount and quality of information that tennis clubs, local government and Tennis West as a State Sporting Association are able access and share is extremely positive.

The information conveyed by Steve Marquis was part of a busy week, sharing information with local government officers in Queensland, Western Australia and New South Wales as part of the Brisbane International, The Hopman Cup and the Sydney International.

Further information on any of the topics mentioned above can be obtained by contacted Graeme Hall, Manager Places to Play and Government Relations  – [email protected]; or Lauren Costa, Places to Play Coordinator on (08) 6462 8300 or [email protected]