EXCITED: Darcy Rodgers can't stop smiling, and is excited to play on the new Roma and District Tennis Club courts.
EXCITED: Darcy Rodgers can't stop smiling, and is excited to play on the new Roma and District Tennis Club courts. Quintin Maddern

Roma Tennis Club hits Grand Slam in $100K grant

THE Roma and District Tennis Club have received massive funding from the council and State Government to redevelop their tennis centre – and tennis junior Darcy Rodgers couldn’t be happier.

The Roma and District Tennis Club Inc. received a State Government Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing Grant for $100,000 under the ‘Get Playing Places and Spaces’ with Maranoa Regional Council contributing a further $143,710.

New synthetic surfaces will be laid on the six courts, lighting upgraded and fencing replaced.

Roma and District Tennis Club President Baden Waldron said the club was extremely grateful for the financial support from both levels of Government to make this project happen for the community.

“The new courts will allow more junior, open and veteran tournaments being played and an increase in people playing tennis,” he said.

“The improved quality of the facility will eliminate the risk of injury, the future of tennis is assured for the next generation.

Junior Coach of Roma District Tennis Club Matt Burke believes the new courts will be a great benefit to the development of junior tennis, and attracting more members.

“The kids will love to play on proper courts, it’s the safety factor there’s not risk of tripping over and nice even bounce,” he said.

“I believe new courts will attract new members and old members will want to come back and play.

Mr Burke said it will create more interest and more local tournaments.

“The Junior Development Series is coming back, more major junior tournaments will be able to be played here now.

Local rising tennis junior Darcy can’t keep the smile off his face when he heard there were new courts.

“It’s pretty exciting, hopefully we will get a few more locals playing, and there wont be any crazy bounces,” he said.

“It will make the games more enjoyable, and we want have to travel to play competitions.”

Councillor Peter Flynn Portfolio Chair for Sport and Recreation said the new courts and redevelopments is a real win for the tennis club.

“This is a fantastic outcome for the Roma and District Tennis Club as well as the many players who use the courts on a regular basis,” Cr Flynn said.

“Not only will the upgrade fix the current issues with the playing surfaces, such as holes on the playing surface, it will also ensure the future of the complex for years to come.

“I congratulate the club on its endeavours and successful funding applications.”


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