Tennis fastest growing sport in the Douglas Shire

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Jamie Jansen

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Going gangbusters. Alan Lane, said that the club started off with coaching just 8 juniors on one afternoon a week. Image: supplied
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Since the opening of the rebuilt tennis courts at the Mossman State School, membership numbers of the Mossman Squash and Tennis Club have grown beyond anything that could be expected.

In November last year the tennis courts at the Mossman State School opened up to the community after a $141,000 upgrade. Since then, the Mossman Squash and Tennis Club has undergone exponential growth.

President of the Mossman Squash and Tennis Club, Alan Lane, said that the club started off with coaching just 8 juniors on one afternoon a week.

“Back then we were playing on the old courts which were in very poor condition”, Mr Lane said.

“Now we have 135 members with 86 adults and juniors taking tennis lessons once a week.

“This is an incredible example of what can be done when infrastructure is built in regional areas like ours.”

Accessible to everyone

By keeping their membership fees low, Mr Lane hopes to encourage as many people to play tennis.

“There has always been a high demand for quick and easy access to tennis facilities”, he said.

“Back in 1960 we used to have around 8 tennis courts in the Mossman area and tennis was booming.

“Around the start of 2000 that died down while the Port Douglas tennis club was building up.

“There definitely was a need for upgraded tennis facilities in the area.

“Now we are actually getting back a lot of adults who were junior members about 30 years ago. They themselves have children now who also play tennis."

According to Mr Lane tennis appeals to many people because it is accessible to all age levels.

“In many cases the whole family plays tennis, all three generations; the grandparents, the young adults and their children. It is an ideal sport for the whole family.”

 
Social tennis

On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings the club organises social tennis for adults.

Mr Lane said there is quite a strong turnout with around 12 to 14 people on most nights.

“We started off with only one evening a week, but once it became more popular we splitted it up into two nights.

“Tuesday and Wednesday nights are for double competitions, on the third night we do singles competitions.”

As the courts are filling up more, the club might soon have to start looking for extra courts.

“If there are any courts available right now we would definitely take them for various events.

“More courts would make it easier for people to play tennis whenever they want to.”

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On Saturday the 11th of December the Mossman squash and Tennis club is holding an Orange ball tournament for juniors. For more information and membership click here.

 

 

 


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