Coolum tennis secures funding for grass-court upgrades

Member for Ninderry Dan Purdie with members from the Coolum Tennis Club who last week received a grant for $35,000 from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund which will be used to upgrade two grass courts. Photo: Contributed

The summer of tennis in Coolum is set to be full of great court action with the Coolum Tennis Club securing $35,000 from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF) to resurface two grass courts and Member for Ninderry Dan Purdie was on hand to celebrate the win and hand over the cheque.

The financial win is on the back of facility upgrades delivered earlier this year which included four new acrylic-surfaced hard courts surrounded by new fencing, LED lighting, new nets, kitchen upgrade, landscaping and seating at the centre.

The GCBF is Queensland’s largest one-off community grants program and distributes approximately $60 million each year to not-for-profit community groups. Funding is allocated to groups to enable them to provide services, leisure activities and opportunities for Queensland communities and grant limits are set to between $500 and $35,000.

Mr Purdie congratulated the Coolum Tennis Club on their latest funding success, which would ensure the Club’s facilities continued to improve.

“The Club has been working hard to expand and improve their facilities, with even more exciting plans on the drawing board,” Mr Purdie said.

“This is an exciting time for the Club and the local community, who are set to benefit from all the improvements.”

The Coolum Tennis Club’s Secretary Susan Beaton acknowledged the support the club has received from local members and highlighted the benefits for local people using the facility. 

“We really appreciate the continued support of our elected members Dan Purdie MP and Cr Maria Suarez at state and local government respectively, who are big supporters of local grassroots community sport,” Ms Beaton said. 

“Better facilities at our club mean attracting and retaining more people to tennis – a game for all ages and abilities to build social connections, feel healthier, have fun and enjoy competitive or social play.” 

Junior squads from Hot Shots and Colour Ball for primary school-age children to performance squads for more experienced players, along with Gamefit (cardio), social play and Pickle Ball, are all available at the Coolum Tennis Centre. To inquire contact head coach Andrew Ash on 0421 391 505.

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