SUNSHINE Tennis Club in Howrah will improve its facilities to promote the sport of tennis to a wider audience with the assistance of a grant from the Tasmanian Government.
The club received a grant of nearly $64,000 from the Improving the Playing Field Grant Program, which will go towards court upgrades and a new online booking system to allow members of the public to book time on a court.
Sunshine Tennis Club vice president Sarah Capes said these upgrades will come following the recent improvements to the club’s fencing.
“The grant will help us upgrade one court that will mean all of our six courts are now at a standard that will see us well into the future,” she said.
“The online booking system will be a great asset to the club and will mean that members of the public can access the courts when they aren’t being used by club members.
“We want people in the community to enjoy tennis, and we can help them do that, and promote the game of tennis, by providing easy access to our facilities.”
Liberal Member for Franklin Jacquie Petrusma said the new booking system and court upgrade would be a fantastic step in encouraging the public to play tennis.
“Sunshine Tennis Club is a wonderful local sporting club, and I commend president John Foale, vice president Sarah Capes and the team on making the facilities available to the wider public to enjoy,” she said.
“The aim of the Improving the Playing Field Grant Program is to provide modern, fit-for-purpose sporting facilities to encourage Tasmanians to lead active and healthy lifestyles, and that is exactly what Sunshine Tennis Club is doing.”
Ms Petrusma said the $10 million Improving the Playing Field Grants Program was the largest single investment in the 2020-21 State Budget to boost community sport, and was providing support for a wide range of capital investments by sporting clubs and associations across this year and next.
“I am delighted that the Sunshine Tennis Club is one of the recipients,” she said.
A full list of the successful applicants is available on the Department of Communities Tasmania’s website at www.communities.tas.gov.au/csr.