Club opts for synthetic grass surfaces

November 26, 2016

Shepp Lawn Tennis Club has received funding to install new synthetic tennis courts.

Shepparton Lawn Tennis Club have began putting the motions in place to resurface its four hard courts.

Having received a council grant of $30,000 the association will improve the courts that were first laid 25 years ago.

But instead of choosing a hard court covering again, synthetic grass will be laid instead.

SLTC vice-president Dean Pritchett said everyone at the club was on board with the change of surfaces.

‘‘I think they’re a bit easier to maintain and it was the census of a lot of people to go synthetic,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s a bit easier on the coaching side of things, synthetic grass means you can get on them a lot sooner after wet weather.’’

While the council grant will begin the improvements, Pritchett said no expense will be spared as the club looks to invest in durable courts.

‘‘We’ve got another $6000 court resurfacing rebate from Tennis Victoria so that as well as the $30,000 will start the process,’’ Pritchett said.

‘‘We want to make sure we well and truly do them well and fix the drainage under them because half the problem has been that they’re so bad at draining underneath.

‘‘We can probably do it for cheaper than $200000 but we want to do it properly.’’

Pritchett said the club is aiming to make the courts more wheelchair accessible. The club is aiming to have the resurfaced courts ready for play in time for the start of summer 2016/2017.

‘‘I would work on the courts would be on the go in the new year, probably after a couple of our big tournaments.

‘‘After the new year something will start to happen and by the start of next season they’ll be done,’’ he said.

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