Budding tennis players in Port Augusta will be treated to new top-of-the-line nets and balls thanks to a grant worth more than $4800.
The Port Augusta Tennis Association (PATA) was awarded its third Active Club Program Grant from the Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing in 18 months, receiving a total of $77,800.
After investing in a new lighting system and installing solar panels, PATA has turned its attention to buying new equipment to support the rise of junior tennis in Port Augusta.
“The Junior Committee has been running academies with coaches up from Adelaide and that’s really taken off,” PATA President Michael Rowbottom said.
“We see that as our future, so if the Junior Committee wants something, we try to support that as much as we can to sustain ourselves long-term.”
Suzy Graham from Spencer Gulf Law has used her expertise to assist in grant applications, working as PATA’s Funding Coordinator.
PATA Secretary Bruno Carcuro recognised the contributions of the organisation’s past and present volunteers.
“One of our stalwarts, Ross Chopin, passed away and in his honour we do some of this work,” he said.
“We’ve got other volunteers that have worked hard over the years, so it’s not only just what we’re doing today, it’s also what has been done in the past.”
The Active Club Program has two funding rounds a year, helping sports clubs upgrade facilities, programs and equipment.
State Member for Stuart Dan van Holst Pellekaan encouraged local clubs to take advantage of the funding program.
“The Port Augusta Tennis Association is an outstanding example of clubs from around the Port Augusta area coming together to work collaboratively with each other,” he said.
“There’s money allocated for every electorate in the state. The money is going to come into sporting clubs and associations in every electorate, so I really strongly encourage local clubs and associations to apply.”