A $120,000 upgrade at the Port Elliot Tennis Club is underway to ensure prime conditions are offered to the region’s current and future stars of the game.
As the South Coast’s largest club, with the only full-time professional coach, club decided it was essential it addressed a series of outdated infrastructure.
For years, players have battled major cracking issues and interruptions to play during wet weather.
With a collection of funding donations from Alexandrina Council, Tennis Australia, Clubs SA and the Department for Recreation and Sport, the club has begun construction.
Courts four to six have already been replaced with artificial grass to ensure conditions are less taxing on players’ bodies, while courts one to three are set for resurfacing to became acrylic hard courts in March next year.
Club president Scott Nottle said the upgrades would help promote the game and encourage younger players to get involved.
“We’re the biggest club down here on the South Coast and we offer night and social tennis twice a week with over 80 hot shot players so it was important we secured these much-needed upgrades,” he said.
“It will mean we have the best facilities around… at the moment we can’t play on the hard courts in wet weather but synthetic grass will allow that.”
He also said the funding would allow Port Elliot to become just the second club in South Australia with the sought after ‘book a court’ system.
“The book a court system would allow people to access our courts at anytime by booking online through Tennis Australia,” he said.
“We’re integrating our lighting system too so people can play day and night.”
In the future, Mr Nottle said the club would look to also upgrade its facilities.
“We’d like to upgrade our men’s and women’s change rooms, including disabled access, our kitchen, and bar facility to seat 60 people,” he said.
“This will require further funding that we will need to apply for though.”
He made a special mention to the club’s grants writer Kurt Kube for his hard work in securing the four funding allocations through his grant applications.