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Fund serves up handy windfall for Hunter tennis clubs

A handy windfall of more than $5,000 was served up to two Hunter tennis clubs this week.

Soldiers Point pocketed $2000 while Cessnock secured $3177 for projects, which support facility upgrades and increase participation.

In 2020, Tennis NSW and the NSW Government launched the ATP Cup Tennis Legacy Fund, providing in excess of $240,000 in funding through round one of the program.

And, the fund is expected to deliver more than $5 million to clubs, providers and venues as a result of Sydney hosting the ATP Cup Finals.

Funding for categories two and three will be distributed through a grant initiative over three years.

The Cessnock Tennis Club will host Girls That Tennis, a six-week learn to hit program that allows for social play opportunities for girls in the local area.

“Thanks to funding received through the ATP Cup Tennis Legacy Fund we are able to provide a specific initiative for female youngsters in the Cessnock LGA,” Sonia Close said.

“It highlights tennis as a healthy lifestyle option, too.

“The funding concept of Tennis NSW and the NSW Government has been great in assisting grassroots operators and clubs to develop programs and facilities throughout the state.”

Members of the Soldiers Point Tennis Club with Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Taylor Martin.

Category three offers financial help for participation development and delivery.

Soldiers Point Tennis Club was also awarded money through the Legacy Fund to facilitate an initiative providing young mothers with an introduction to tennis.

“The grant we’ve received from the ATP Cup Legacy Fund will allow us to introduce the sport to a potentially new audience,” president Paul McQuarrie said.

“It will also let us give free coaching, court hire and racquets to a dozen local women.

“After the four-week program, mothers will be able to join social tennis groups to continue playing.”

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Taylor Martin said the sport boasted a proud history in the region.

“This project will benefit all levels of tennis, from girls and boys picking up a racquet for the first time to the region’s elite players,” he added.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Taylor Martin with Soldiers Point Tennis Club president Paul McQuarrie.

Minister for Sport Geoff Lee said Cessnock and Soldiers Point were two of 19 grassroots clubs across the NSW to receive a grant in round one of the fund.

“The ATP Cup brought tennis’ superstars to Sydney,” he explained.

“These clubs are continuing their progressive development of the sport in the region through these initiatives,” he commented.

“So, the fund builds on that legacy through projects which support facility upgrades and encourage participation across NSW.”

Tennis NSW’s Andrew Yapp said the organisation was thrilled to see the local community benefiting from the ATP Cup Legacy Fund.

“We congratulate all involved in the project and thank the NSW Government for their support of tennis.”

The NSW Government, Tennis NSW, Cessnock Tennis Club and Soldiers Point Tennis Club are committed to ensuring money from the ATP Cup Legacy Fund deliver for grassroots tennis and provide opportunities for communities across the Cessnock and Port Stephens LGAs.

Round two of the fund is currently open.

Organisations can apply for up to $360,000 in grants for projects that improve facilities and encourage participation.

Applications close at 5pm on 26 April.

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