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South Hawthorn going from strength to strength

05 Jul 2018

South Hawthorn Tennis Club, a dynamic, well managed local club, became aware in November 2016 that a number of long serving, respected committee members would be stepping down from their positions. The left the issue of who was to fill the void and continue the flow of new ideas into the club. The positions of President, Vice President, Treasurer and two committee members were to become vacant.

To ensure that these positions would be filled by quality candidates, much discussion was undertaken and possible candidates identified. The members were then ‘tapped on the shoulder’ and encouraged to nominate for a suitable position. It was felt that face-to-face communication with potential new committee members was an important aspect of the process, and proved effective. The members identified were a diverse group who had an interest and experience in administration and related skills. The committee was careful not to limit the potential candidates to any particular profession.

The upcoming AGM and committee vacancies were also promoted on the club’s website, with all members encouraged to consider nomination.

Once the new committee members had settled in, the first order of business was planning for the future development of the facility. Future needs and initiatives intended to improve member experiences at the club were also discussed. Projects were prioritised so that those that needed more urgent attention were the immediate focus. Projects undertaken were:

  • Installing improved court side and spectator seating. This involved working with council to ascertain what seating was used within the adjacent park. The club then sourced quotes from three major organisations within the area to see if they wanted to assist in funding the project.
  • Upgrading the existing court lighting to LED to give much improved night time playing conditions, and significantly lower maintenance and running costs.

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In order to minimise the impact on club financial resources, funding avenues were explored and grants applied for. Ross Hudson (committee member) put his hand up to source external funding opportunities for the seating and LED lighting. The club has applied for Federal Government money through the Stronger Communities Program to fund the LED lighting project, and also applied for funding from various commercial organisations offering community grant programs, such as Holden Home Ground Advantage.

Ross sought feedback from council regarding how the club could improve their grant applications and are now considering seeking funding through Tennis Australia’s National Court Rebate.

Another worthwhile initiative undertaken was the production of a professional quality video to assist with promotion and grant applications. The video, produced by A Nice Guy Video Productions is available to watch here. The club also had drone photos taken to appear on their website (see above).

With continued good governance and facility development, South Hawthorn tennis club will be serving the community well into the future.

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