Club’s $10,000 hot shot

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE - BY JAR­RYD BARCA

The club was se­lected out of a num­ber of ap­pli­ca­tions from lo­cal ten­nis clubs across the coun­try that de­liver an ANZ Ten­nis Hot Shots pro­gram.

Pres­i­dent of the Ruther­glen Lawn Ten­nis Club, Peter Smith, is thank­ful for the re­ward and en­sured that the club will be putting the money to valu­able use.

“We want to make the club a fun fam­ily fa­cil­ity and en­cour­age par­ents of our young­sters to get back on the court. We’re de­vel­op­ing a lot with the Hot Shots pro­gram with our coach Robyn Smith,” he told The Free Press.

Mr. Smith, who has been a mem­ber at the club for 25 years, said that he wants to use the money on bet­ter fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing play­ground equip­ment and a new fence sur­round­ing the perime­ter of their syn­thetic and hard courts, al­low­ing par­ents to feel safe and com­fort­able watch­ing their chil­dren on the court from the club rooms.

The club has some 30 chil­dren who play on the club’s four syn­thetic and two hard ten­nis courts.

A new shel­ter and chairs will also be con­sid­ered, while the club will also be re­ceiv­ing new ten­nis balls, ten­nis rac­quets and nets along with the $10,000.

“We are com­mit­ted to supporting ten­nis at all lev­els around Aus­tralia through ANZ Ten­nis Hot Shots and are thrilled to present Ruther­glen Lawn Ten­nis Club with an ANZ Ten­nis Hot Shots com­mu­nity grant,” ANZ Corowa Branch Man­ager Lyn Con­don said.

ANZ Ten­nis Hot Shots is Ten­nis Aus­tralia’s of­fi­cial ten­nis de­vel­op­ment pro­gram that makes play­ing ten­nis suit­able for chil­dren of all abil­i­ties.

The Hot Shots use smaller courts and lower nets, as well as low com­pres­sion ten­nis balls and lighter rac­quets, in or­der to help fast-track the de­vel­op­ment of fu­ture ten­nis stars.

There was a record 384,584 chil­dren be­tween three and 12 years of age en­rolled in the pro­gram over the past two years in Aus­tralia.

“We are grate­ful for ANZ’s on­go­ing sup­port of ten­nis and the ANZ Ten­nis Hot Shots pro­gram, and their com­mit­ment to grow­ing the game from the grass­roots level up,” Ten­nis Aus­tralia CEO Craig Ti­ley said.

“We’re ex­cited for Ruther­glen Lawn Ten­nis Club and we know they will make the most of this won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity.”

Ruther­glen Lawn Ten­nis Club has been se­lected as one of 20 lucky re­cip­i­ents of a gen­er­ous $10,000 grant re­warded by ANZ as part of its new com­mu­nity grants pro­gram.

Elated with ANZ Branch Corowa’s cheque for $10,000 were Ruther­glen Ten­nis Club’s Pres­i­dent Peter Smith (right) and wife, hot shots/com­mu­nity coach Robyn, in front with some of the club’s hot shot young­sters; ANZ Branch Man­ager Lyn Con­don and staff mem­ber Desi Douch, who is hold­ing a framed pho­to­graph of club mem­bers at the 2018 Aus­tralian Open with cham­pion Dy­lan Al­cott.

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