Alexander Park Tennis Club aces national title

Alexander Park Tennis Club aces national title

ALEXANDER Park Tennis Club has made history by becoming the first West Australian club to be named Tennis Australia’s Most Outstanding Club.

The Menora organisation beat two other eastern states clubs – City Community Tennis (NSW) and Mt Eliza Tennis Club (Victoria) – to win the award at a recent ceremony in Victoria following its win at the state awards in October.

The club, which received $25,000, also won the state award in 2002 but missed out on the national prize that recognises clubs which have an inviting culture, are accessible to the public, have implemented Tennis Australia programs and increased competitive opportunities for players.

Club manager John Stephenson said Alexander Park had established a junior committee of three parents 12 months ago that spoke on behalf of its young members and organised junior-specific events.

“We’ve been able to improve our relationship with the neighbouring schools and there’s just a lot more clarity on how we are engaging with parents,” Mr Stephenson said.

He said they had also established specific competitions for the parents so they could get more involved in the club.

There is a Friday night “Social Hub” to bring families back to the club, as well as themed nights such as food and wine tasting nights, community open days, live music events, movie nights and Halloween and Christmas parties.

Alexander Park has 150 junior and 300 senior members, 22 international standard grass courts, a modern clubhouse, fully licensed bar, club pro shop and an onsite partnership with a children’s playgroup.

Mr Stephenson said while the club did not work hard for the accolade, they were “quietly confident” about winning the award.