Funds make club’s future bright
WEMBLEY Downs Tennis Club will light four courts for night-time games thanks to $17,600 in State Government community sporting funding.
Club captain Mike Underwood said lighting the courts would help to diversify the club’s membership and cater for working families.
“Night tennis is really important to the club, we’re trying to get young professional families involved and many don’t have time to play on weekends,” he said.
“More people want to come and play casually as opposed to being full members; night tennis is popular.”
Underwood said Wembley Downs was one of the first clubs in WA to introduce an automated court booking system which had been a hit with casual played.
Head coach Simon Harper said he hoped to launch a touch tennis league in September.
“Touch tennis is a new form of tennis taking over Europe at the moment which is played on smaller courts with a spongy ball,” he said.
“It hasn’t hit Australia yet but it is huge in the UK.”
Clubs can apply for the next funding round closing on August 31.
Evie and Zac Harper, coach Simon Harper and Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray.