A Carrum tennis club operating from a temporary facility since 1994 is making a ‘racquet’ for a state-funded redevelopment of its ageing clubhouse and courts.
Long Beach Tennis Club president Blaise Northey said: “We do not have showers or change rooms and our maintenance equipment is currently stored within a shipping container, which has been restricting our growth and inhibiting our ability to host tournaments.”
Former world No.4 Dianne Balestrat (Fromholtz) is a coach at the club and hopes the introduction of basic change facilities will help increase female participation.
The club’s clay surface has borne the cost of being required to be watered with drinking water. More than 2600 courts have been replaced or resurfaced under Tennis Australia’s national court rebate program. “Some Victorian clubs are replacing their red porous courts due to maintenance costs and volunteer availability, often with a Plexipave alternative,” the organisation said.
“The vision is for a larger clubhouse with adequate storage space and a new synthetic surface to accommodate growth within social and junior tennis,” said Mr Northey. “We would also like to open the doors up to disabled tennis with a specialised court.”
Tennis Australia says wheelchair tennis has been steadily increasing over the past 18 months, and this is a category that the club would like to cater to as part of its plans for a DDA-compliant site.
The club’s intention to seek a funding commitment from state election candidates is supported by Tennis Australia.
CAMERON HOWE (camhowe.com)