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Sunday, June 20, 2021

Grant serves up new kids’ court

More kids are set to fall in love with tennis when a new court is built in Lake Macquarie. 

The Mount Hutton Tennis Club finally has enough funds to complete it’s new kid-sized court thanks to a $10,000 grant from ANZ.

Awarded to the club on Monday, Total Tennis Mount Hutton owner Matt Abbott says it’s exciting to be able to finish a project 4 years in the making. 

“We are trying to construct a kids sized mini court, it’s basically a tennis court that is scaled down to the size of an eight-year-old,” he said. 

“The idea behind it is that it allows kids to play tennis, having that smaller area means they can learn how to play until they need a bigger court.”

The club hopes it will encourage more local children to get involved in tennis to develop their fundamental motor skills and promote exercise and sport. 

The new Hot Shots court will also be beneficial for people living with disability and the elderly, the smaller court size will make it easier for them to play. 

Moving forward, Matt is hopeful they’ll have the court built in a couple of months. 

“All of the plans have been drawn up and the council has approved it so we would like to have it done as soon as possible,” he said.

“This grant means we have the full amount we need to build the court.

“All of our kids at the club are very excited – it’ll be a blue hard court, so they’re all under the impression they’ll be playing at the Australian Open.

“We’re all very keen to get it built.” 

Tennis Australia chief executive Craig Tiley believes the project is a great opportunity to improve the region’s tennis facilities.  

“We look forward to seeing Mount Hutton Tennis Club prosper and we’d like to thank ANZ for its ongoing support of tennis in our community,” he said. 

The funds have been awarded to the club as part of the ANZ Tennis Hot Shots and the Community Tennis Grants program.

The initiative has been designed to provide additional resources for clubs and schools to make tennis more accessible for everyone.

“We’re beyond thrilled that our local club, Mount Hutton Tennis Club has been chosen to receive the ANZ Tennis Hot Shots community grant,” ANZ Charlestown branch manager Yasmin Devetak said.

“The Mount Hutton Tennis Club is a wonderful part of our community and a great supporter of ongoing grassroots tennis.”

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