Four brand new Hot Shot mini courts for players as young as five years old have officially opened at the Edmonton Tennis Club.
Treasurer, Minister for Sport and Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt said the Palaszczuk Government had contributed over $95,000 towards the project.
“This great club has a history of working with local schools to engage children in the great sport of tennis, to the extent that 90 per cent of its current members are school-aged,” Mr Pitt said.
“These new mini courts demonstrate the club’s commitment to providing great facilities for its youngest participants.
“The project is a terrific example of a club breaking down barriers to increase participation opportunities for all Queenslanders, regardless of their age.
“The new courts will not only increase participation opportunities for current members of the club, but also hopefully attract new members.”
Mr Pitt said the $95,000 in funding had been provided through round four of the Get Playing Places and Spaces program, which forms part of the Get in the Game initiative to support grassroots sport and recreation.
“Thank you to the Edmonton Tennis Club for pursuing this terrific project and to the Cairns Regional Council and local schools who have supported the club,” Mr Pitt said.
“It’s always a pleasure to work with clubs, organisations and local councils to help improve club facilities for members and the local community.”
Get in the Game involves four funding programs that provide clubs with better resources, equipment and facilities, as well as giving children who might not otherwise be able to afford it, the opportunity to play sport.
“It’s been wonderful to see the Get in the Game programs produce such great results for Queenslanders and local clubs,” Mr Pitt said.
“Round five of Get Playing Places and Spaces and Get Going Clubs are currently open for applications and we encourage all Queensland clubs to take advantage of these programs.”
For more information on Get in the Game, visit www.npsr.qld.gov.au