Legana Tennis Club, north of Launceston, has made the most of a $50,000 grant, resurfacing two existing clay courts, replacing external and internal fencing on three courts, and upgrading existing court lighting.
“The court resurfacing component replaces two existing clay courts with a synthetic surface which will significantly decrease pre- and post-use maintenance while the lighting upgrade will increase the courts’ hours of availability for use,” Tasmanian Deputy Premier Michael Ferguson said in announcing the 2021-22 Improving the Playing Field Grants Program grant.
“It will result in the facilities being more accessible to members of the community through increased availability and decreased maintenance.”
Tones Electrical, working with M-Elec’s lighting design service, installed special floods to ensure the ideal LUX and uniformity for competition play.
Legana Tennis Club anticipates a significant increase in membership over the next two years based on recent growth and the improved accessibility of the courts. The club also has an existing relationship with the St Michaels Association, providing weekly tennis participation opportunities to people with disability.
The Improving the Playing Field Grants Program assists sporting clubs and associations to improve facilities across Tasmania, helping to maintain and build participation rates across all sporting codes.
The Tasmanian Government is also supporting sporting clubs in conjunction with the Australian Sports Foundation.
Kingston Beach Surf Life Saving Club, Wynyard and Districts Cricket Club and Wynyard Basketball Association were all successful in receiving Active Kids grants through the ASF for new equipment and uniforms earlier this year.
The ASF is Australia’s leading non-profit sports fundraising organisation and charity for sporting organisations, clubs and participants, from grassroots through to the elite level. It provides a free online fundraising platform, which allows community sporting clubs to receive tax-deductible donations. Since its formation in 1986, the ASF has helped clubs and individuals across Australia to raise more than $520 million.