Serving up new change rooms

(L-R) Tien Nguyen, Anh Pham, Jennifer Vo, Chris Humbert, St Albans MP Natalie Suleyman MP, Community Sport Minister Ros Spence,North Sunshine Tennis Club president John Harvey, Clem Conag, Raymond Portelli, Brendon Dinh. (supplied)

The North Sunshine Tennis Club’s ace pavilion upgrades are now complete, as well as a new online court booking system, as part of a $200,000 funding investment from the state government.

St Albans MP Natalie Suleyman and Community Sport Minister Ros Spence visited the venue on June 6, to officially open the new facilities.

The new pavilion features two new female friendly change rooms, new baby change facilities, and a kitchen and kiosk upgrade.

With more than 160 club members, the new facilities provide a welcoming new space for more local fans of the game to join in the fun at the North Sunshine Tennis Club.

The club’s new Book-A-Court online system also gives the local Sunshine community the opportunity to book courts throughout the week.

The upgrades mean the facility can now host more training, development programs including junior Hot Shots Tennis, casual play and tournaments.

The joint project was also contributed to by Brimbank council and the North Sunshine Tennis Club.

Ms Suleyman said the new upgrades will allow more members of the St Albans community to play tennis with a new online court booking system.

“Growing communities like ours deserve world-class modern facilities – the new tennis pavilion is not only a win for the club, but for the whole of St Albans,” she said.

North Sunshine Tennis Club president John Harvey said the club was “tremendously excited” about the recent upgrades.

“We’ve worked for many, many, decades to raise funds to achieve it,” he said,

Harvey said over the past five years the club has invested over a quarter of a million dollars into the facility which included new courts and lights, a redevelopment of the club room and the establishment of a new outdoor shed.

“It’s a great reward for decades of work and the club making a substantial contribution towards it… we also want to thank the council and the state government,” he said.

The club recently participated in two grand finals which Harvey described as ”exciting times” for the club, which, coupled with the new facilities, has resulted in success both on and off the court.