Tennis club benefits from federal funding

FUNDING: Wudinna Tennis Club coach Eugene Wauchope and president Ryan DuBois are happy to see the clubrooms get an upgrade thanks to the funding. Picture: Jean Spence
FUNDING: Wudinna Tennis Club coach Eugene Wauchope and president Ryan DuBois are happy to see the clubrooms get an upgrade thanks to the funding. Picture: Jean Spence

The Wudinna Tennis Club has received $7000 in federal government funding which will go towards upgrading the clubrooms.

The funding comes as part of the second $30 million round of the federal government’s Community Sport Infrastructure Program and will see upgrades inside and outside the clubrooms.

Former club president Elaine Seal, who helped with the funding application along with Karen Lymn, said this would give patrons a greater degree of comfort at the clubrooms.

“We play games on Friday night and have tea and supper in the clubrooms at each home game,” she said.

“We will use the money to renovate the clubrooms, to make it more bearable on colder nights.

“There will be new blinds to block off wind, we’ll put up a new shelter and new window enclosing the shelter, put sliding doors in and extend the roof for more cover outside, and upgrades to the kitchen.”

She said this would be a positive upgrade for the club.

President Ryan DuBois said he was pleased at how hard the committee had worked in getting the funding and what it would mean for the club.

Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said he was delighted the club had been successful in its application and would be able to commence the upgrade.

“The Wudinna Tennis Club is an integral part of the local community where locals of all ages can enjoy a game of tennis,” he said.

“Sport is a fantastic way to get out and exercise, develop social networks and it plays a really important role in rural, regional, and remote Australia – additionally, country towns like Wudinna have also developed many of Australia’s elite athletes.

“Being able to upgrade the kitchen cupboards in the clubrooms will ensure the tennis club can continue to offer all these benefits.”

Minister for Sport Bridget McKenzie said the government understood that Australia’s success and prowess as a sporting nation began with grassroots sports.

“This is why we have focused our investment on local grassroots sporting facilities such as the Wudinna Tennis Club,” she said.

“As outlined in the National Sports Plan, Sport 2030, grassroots sports help drive increased participation and promote social, health and community benefits of physical activity and sport – a key priority for our government.”