Wellington Tennis Club is planning to build a third court, largely due to a rapid increase in junior membership.
With more than 110 members, the courts are very busy at peak times in the summer – and usage is increasing in winter months as the club now has floodlights.
Saturday coaching sessions run from 9am until 1pm and junior summer league matches are played in the afternoon, restricting court use for adult club players and members of the public. There has also been an increase in winter friendly matches.
Sue Rackley, Club Chairman, explained, “A third court would be wonderful as it would mean club members and the public could access courts on Saturdays and other busy times – such as adult summer and winter league match nights. It would also mean a court would be available for hire on club nights. We could run bigger tournaments throughout the year and enter competitions that require more courts for players to complete within time limits.”
“In recent years the club has forged links with local wheelchair players but they cannot play on our courts as it’s impossible for them to cross a muddy field in winter and the court entrance gates are too narrow. Having a court closer to the Court Drive entrance would mean they could join in with us.”
The club’s plan is to demolish the half court and practice wall and replace it with another full-size court alongside the public court. TDBC and SCC have been consulted and are said to be supportive of the project.
“There are some issues to overcome about being close to the existing football pitch but we have entered into discussions with Wellington Cricket and Football Clubs to see if we can work together to get this project off the ground,” Sue said. “It’s essential that the tennis club works closely with the other clubs that use the playing fields and with Wellington and District Sports’ Federation committee as well. I’ve also had some encouraging conversations with local councillors who are offering advice and they are supportive of any improvements to local sporting facilities. The funding is out there but we need to strike while the iron is hot to access the money available,” Sue added.