Massive funding for improvements worth $274 471 to the Uralla Swimming Pool, $247,292 for the Uralla Sporting Complex and $198,582 for the Uralla Tennis Club were announced on Monday.
While the pool will get a new lining to extend its life by about 20 years and the complex will get a new synthetic cricket pitch, the tennis club may well get more bang for its buck.
Uralla Tennis Club president Jodie Shannahan said the funding was going to do absolutely huge things for the small club.
“We’re hoping to do four courts along the back, that were in dire need of replenishment and two that are dirt. And hopefully, if we’re really lucky, some new lighting,” Jodie said.
Repair and rebuilding new courts would give the club use of six courts, which Jodie said will come in handy for the club, which has grown very quickly over the last four years.
“Tennis is the strongest it has ever been in the Uralla community,” Jodie said.
“There absolutely a revival of tennis here. We held an open day in February, which encouraged so many new faces, young and old, to come to tennis and also running the Hotshots program that’s never been run in Uralla before.
“Summer sport is certainly lacking in Uralla so it’s brought them to tennis.”
Jodie praised the work of the new committee.
“Four years ago, there were four to six players. Now we are selling courts and it has all been since we started Hotshots for the juniors,” she said.
“Our juniors are now one of the biggest junior sporting clubs in the Uralla community. Hotshots is due to start again on Saturday, October 20 and we’re about to start Matchplay, which is for older children who need to learn how to play a game.
“The four new courts will allow us to do more. At the moment we’re having to run Hotshots from 9am to 9.45am, and then Matchplay from 10am to 11am to accommodate numbers.”