By Meg Kennedy
Ballan Tennis Club has received a grant to help encourage young people in the community to pick up a racket.
The club received $3060 earlier this month from Moorabool Shire Council as part of the Round 2 Community Grants initiative.
Club President Anna Connally said the money will go toward providing coaches for junior members of the team, something the club has struggled with in the last few years.
“We’ve had a bit of trouble finding younger players, and we haven’t had a junior coach for about three to four years,” said Ms Connally.
The grant will also help subsidise lesson costs for younger players, allowing juniors to take 30 minute small-group lessons at $5 per person.
On what the future of the club looks like, Ms Connally said that she “hopes for more than one team of junior players” to compete in the Buninyong and District Tennis Association, and the new accessibility of coaching will “enable kids to have a go at playing”.
Although the courts at the Ballan Recreational Reserve are currently being upgraded, the club is currently situated at Myrniong Recreational Reserve until the end of April.
The club is always looking for new junior and senior members of any ability and can be found on Facebook under ‘Ballan Tennis Club,’ or by contacting Anna at 0484 824 260.
Junior home and away pennant is played every Saturday morning during the season.