By Jarryd Barca
Rutherglen Lawn Tennis Club has been selected as one of 20 lucky recipients of a generous $10,000 grant rewarded by ANZ as part of its new community grants program.
The club was selected out of a number of applications from local tennis clubs across the country that deliver an ANZ Tennis Hot Shots program.
President of the Rutherglen Lawn Tennis Club, Peter Smith, is thankful for the reward and ensured that the club will be putting the money to valuable use.
“We want to make the club a fun family facility and encourage parents of our youngsters to get back on the court. We’re developing a lot with the Hot Shots program with our coach Robyn Smith,” he told The Free Press.
Mr. Smith, who has been a member at the club for 25 years, said that he wants to use the money on better facilities, including playground equipment and a new fence surrounding the perimeter of their synthetic and hard courts, allowing parents to feel safe and comfortable watching their children on the court from the club rooms.
The club has some 30 children who play on the club’s four synthetic and two hard tennis courts.
A new shelter and chairs will also be considered, while the club will also be receiving new tennis balls, tennis racquets and nets along with the $10,000.
“We are committed to supporting tennis at all levels around Australia through ANZ Tennis Hot Shots and are thrilled to present Rutherglen Lawn Tennis Club with an ANZ Tennis Hot Shots community grant,” ANZ Corowa Branch Manager Lyn Condon said.
ANZ Tennis Hot Shots is Tennis Australia’s official tennis development program that makes playing tennis suitable for children of all abilities.
The Hot Shots use smaller courts and lower nets, as well as low compression tennis balls and lighter racquets, in order to help fast-track the development of future tennis stars.
There was a record 384,584 children between three and 12 years of age enrolled in the program over the past two years in Australia.
“We are grateful for ANZ’s ongoing support of tennis and the ANZ Tennis Hot Shots program, and their commitment to growing the game from the grassroots level up,” Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley said.
“We’re excited for Rutherglen Lawn Tennis Club and we know they will make the most of this wonderful opportunity.”