The Wodonga Women’s Australian Rules Football Club celebrate their new gym sponsorship.

The Hyne Community Trust will fund a new roof at the Tumbarumba Tennis Club, the only tennis facility in the region. Meanwhile, across the Victorian border, another timber company, XLam, is partnering with Wodonga Raiders Female Football team as its first and only platinum sponsor.

The Tumbarumba clubhouse, which has been at the heart of the local community for more than 50 years, will be utilised by individuals and school groups alike, is as important as the courts, said Tumbarumba Tennis Club president Michael Wolter. 

“I grew up playing on these courts and have many fond memories from this clubhouse,” Wolter said. “Just a stone’s throw from the main street and rolling into parkland, the clubhouse is also a great spot for community groups to utilise with a recently renovated, fully functional kitchen.

“Sadly, we have had a leaky roof but with the support of the Hyne Community Trust, we will be replacing it completely including the ceiling.”

Community member Renee Moxey has been a keen tennis player throughout her youth, playing in various competitions during the summer months.

“None of the local schools have tennis courts so coming to the Tumbarumba Tennis Club is the only way for the youth of the town to be introduced to it, have fun and learn from experienced coaches,” she said. “The clubhouse is always a good spot to meet other club members and there is often a slice of homemade cake up for grabs, too.”

Trust chair Kerrie Downes said it was always a pleasure to present the cheque to community groups who have been around for some time and are very much a valued part of the community.

In Wodonga, People and Culture Generalist, India Ross said she was pleased XLam was able to support the improvement of the women’s facilities.

“The Wodonga Raiders Women’s Football Team is the only women’s open footy team in Wodonga,” she said. “Our support has funded improvements to the gym for the women to use and keep up fitness ahead of next season.”

Women’s team President, Skye Burgess said the timing was great as the off-season is when the team needs to focus on gym time.

“We haven’t promoted our newly refurbished gym yet, but it is already getting good use through word of mouth,” she said. “Not only our team but many teams and sporting clubs are accessing the space to keep up fitness so it is quickly becoming a great social and community environment.

“With XLam’s support, we have been able to upgrade equipment including weights more favoured by women, but also made the space far more appealing with freshly painted walls and new gym matting.

“The team is also just so excited to get our first platinum sponsor and investor in women’s footy. We appreciate our partnership with XLam for the general betterment of women’s sport in our region,” Burgess said.

XLam Australia established the first cross-laminated timber manufacturing plant at the Logic Centre, west of Wodonga, about five years ago and employs more than 50 people in the region.

Tumbarumba Tennis Club members celebrate their Hyne Community Trust support.

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