WELCOME IMPROVEMENTS: Ipswich and District Juniot Tennis Association president Gary Rogers with Heritage Ipswich branch manager Michelle Kuskie and club vice-president Bill Quirk.
WELCOME IMPROVEMENTS: Ipswich and District Juniot Tennis Association president Gary Rogers with Heritage Ipswich branch manager Michelle Kuskie and club vice-president Bill Quirk. Contributed

Major boost for Ipswich tennis centre

THE Ipswich and District Junior Tennis Association has undergone a facelift, with some important improvements made.

Thanks to the Heritage Bank Community Tennis Grant Program, Association officials were able to renovate their facility with new landscaping and the replacement of damaged paved pathways.

Club president Gary Rogers said the paving has enhanced the centre, making the whole area more user friendly and fitting in better with the neighbouring park.

"It's better for the spectators and the people who play,'' Rogers said.

"It has also created an accessible and safe route for disabled and elderly patrons.

"A lot of people come in and enjoy it (the centre) now. They bring their family and friends along to watch matches. It's a fresher and more inviting area.

"We're getting bigger and more popular.''

The Ipswich and District Junior Tennis Association has 400 members.

"If we keep going the way we are with upgrades and future plans I think it will be a great centre," Rogers said.

The club has aspirations for more improvements to help build more growth into the future. Other projects planned including upgrades to the clubhouse and the addition of showers.

Heritage Bank has been offering the Community Tennis Grants Program to Queensland communities for almost a decade.

More than 100 different tennis clubs across the state have cemented a solid future with their financial support.

Chief executive officer Peter Lock is proud of how far-reaching the program has become and how Heritage Bank's contribution has impacted on a sport that is so engrained in the Queensland lifestyle.

"Tennis is a fantastic sport that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities,'' Lock said.

"Tennis clubs often provide a focal point for communities to come together and strengthen social bonds. Heritage is delighted to support this program because by helping local clubs improve their facilities, we are also helping build stronger local communities.''

The new-look Ipswich District Junior Tennis Association facility is on Chermside Road.



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