New tennis courts open

Lights to be the next fo­cus

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Aotea Col­lege’s colour­ful new ar­ti­fi­cial tennis courts have been in use for four weeks now and are pro­vid­ing a much-needed shot in the arm for the sport at the school.

At a cost of just over $50,000, the two sand- based courts show up the drab as­phalt sur­faces next to them.

The bulk of the money was raised through a ‘‘Spor­tac­u­lar’’ event in June.

Mana Com­mu­nity Grants (MCG) con­trib­uted $20,000 to the project, and the aim now is to raise an­other $27,000 for lights.

‘‘A num­ber of year 9 stu­dents com­ing to Aotea put down tennis as one of their sports, and all we could of­fer them was this,’’ says sports co- or­di­na­tor Paul Latham, re­fer­ring to the as­phalt courts.

‘‘They said, ‘You have to be jok­ing’, and they’d end up play­ing [ against other schools] at lo­cal clubs in­stead.

‘‘Not any more, thanks to the Spor­tac­u­lar and gen­eros­ity of Mana Com­mu­nity Grants – they’re lov­ing these new courts, the kids are re­ally proud of them.’’

Mr Latham wants the com­mu­nity to know that the courts are for pub­lic use – although this is un­likely dur­ing school hours – but the school is mulling whether to have a key sys­tem.

Tim Shep­pard from MCG says it is com­mit­ted to help­ing Porirua schools and more than 400 com­mu­nity groups where pos­si­ble.

Court­ing suc­cess: Tim Shep­pard (Mana Com­mu­nity Grants), Karyn Still­well (Porirua City Coun­cil), Paul Latham, An­nie Jack­son (Aotea Col­lege), Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett and Ja­cob Rameka check out the school’s new ar­ti­fi­cial tennis courts last week.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.