Tennis club is tops

MAN­NING CLUB LEADS THE WAY

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Aaron Cor­lett

MAN­NING Tennis Club aced their com­peti­tors on the way to claim­ing Most Out­stand­ing Club at the 2016 WA Tennis In­dus­try Awards Night.

The club was recog­nised for of­fer­ing year-round play­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and or­gan­is­ing so­cial events through­out the year to fos­ter ca­ma­raderie amongst the club and wider com­mu­nity

Club pres­i­dent Ajay Tan­don said he was very proud his club had won the award be­cause it recog­nised the work of peo­ple associated with it.

“Our suc­cess has come as a club that is open to the com­mu­nity by al­low­ing both mem­bers and non-mem­bers to play to­gether,” he said.

“The win has def­i­nitely lifted the spir­its of peo­ple around the club.

“We had a quiz night re­cently when we were re­ally able to cel­e­brate the win.

“We made a de­ci­sion about 15 years ago, we started a Wed­nes­day night com­pe­ti­tion for mem­bers and non-mem­bers to play over six to seven weeks and it has just grown over the years. d462196

“We are now run­ning sim­i­lar com­pe­ti­tions on Mon­days and Tues­days and we are us­ing more courts than ever.”

Mr Tan­don said he wanted to see the club as part of the com­mu­nity and not ex­clu­sive.

“Some clubs see them­selves as ex­clu­sive but we don’t like that idea,” he said.

“Be­ing con­nected to the com­mu­nity has helped us raise rev­enue and have re­serve funds to ren­o­vate the courts.

“I think it’s be­come a so­cial hub and there is tennis hap­pen­ing here most days.”

Pic­ture: Marie Nirme

Coach Nick Rodic and club pres­i­dent Ajay Tan­don.

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