WITH three new hard courts and an electronic booking system, Maylands Tennis Club is hoping to field eight junior pennants team for the first time this winter.
The club, which boasted about 95 members, completed the upgrade of three Plexipave, blue-coloured courts and a booking system on its website in March.
Junior players had the first hit on the courts at a Hot Shots tournament on March 25.
The State Government ($50,000), City of Bayswater ($21,000), Maylands Tennis Club ($16,000) and Tennis Australia ($6000) funded the upgrades.
Club president John Hogben said the new courts were a big improvement from the old, green-coloured courts which had cracks.
Head coach Jack Baldwin said there was a “true bounce” off the Plexipave surface, which made it easier to coach juniors.
“It is very hard to coach kids on a grass court where it has a very awkward bounce,” he said.
“They (courts) are now adapted to the size of the kid and the ball that they play.
“It is all about participation and hitting loads of tennis balls.”
Baldwin hoped to attract more players to join the club’s first junior pennants season.
Maylands MLA Lisa Baker said the club was one of the most vital community facilities in the Maylands electorate.
Councillor Elli Petersen-Pik said it was important to support all sporting clubs and encourage participation in healthy activities.
Councillor Catherine Ehrhardt said the club was a “great asset” to the community.
For more information, visit http://www.maylandstc.com/