The decades-old “increasingly dangerous” court surface at the Hyden Tennis Club will get a well-needed upgrade thanks to more than $40,000 in State Government funding. The club received $44,169 to go towards court resurfacing, construction of two tennis courts and drainage in the latest round of the Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund. CSRFF is designed to increase physical activity and participation through good quality, well-designed, and well-utilised facilities. Shire of Kondinin chief executive David Burton said the existing synthetic surface over the eight courts was installed 20 years ago and was in need of a makeover. “In recent years had started splitting at the seams, becoming increasingly dangerous to play on,” he said. “The Shire of Kondinin worked closely with the Hyden Tennis Club to compile the grant application and both were thrilled and grateful to hear on the success of the grant from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.” Mr Burton said the upgrades came at good time due to increasing demand for use. “With the increasing junior participation, the tennis club saw this as a good opportunity for Hot Shot courts to address the current poor condition of this area and the increasing demand for use,” he said. “The drainage works are proposed to be undertaken prior to the laying of the new surface to ensure the courts are well-drained to maximise their longevity.” The club, with a strong membership and volunteer base, is very proactive, hosting a range of events within the shire. These include the popular McGrath Foundation open women’s tennis day with an average of more than 80 women at the event each year, the open men’s tournament raising money and awareness for regional men’s health attracting in excess of 50 people annually and the open junior tournament with entries of almost 100 children each year. The club also runs regular social tennis events, has two strong pennant teams in the Eastern Districts Tennis Association and also holds weekly junior tennis coaching during and after school with a local Tennis Australia qualified coach. Sport and Recreation Minister David Templeman said facilities with suitable amenities encouraged more people to be involved in sports, leading to healthier and more connected communities. “This gets more people active, brings more members to clubs, and offers more options to play sport,” he said. The next CSRFF rounds open on February 1, 2023.