Victoria’s first ever public Hot Shots Court designed to help kids and families learn and enjoy the game of tennis is now open in Brimbank.
The court at The Lakes Reserve, Taylors Lakes, is unfenced for full public access and has a permanent net in place. The court is the result of a partnership between Tennis Victoria and Brimbank City Council.
Mayor of Brimbank, Cr Margaret Giudice said Council was thrilled to partner with Tennis Victoria to deliver Victoria’s first Hot Shots Court in a public park in Brimbank.
“At Brimbank Council we’re committed to helping our community get active.
“We know Brimbank loves tennis, so we jumped at the opportunity to work with Tennis Victoria to bring this public Hot Shots Court to our community.
“The Lakes Reserve is one of our flagship parks and is very popular with the community.
“I have no doubt this Hot Shots Court will be a hit with residents and will be well used into the future.
“Come along with the kids, tennis racquets and balls, and enjoy.
“Who knows - This court might inspire Australia’s next Tennis champion,” the Mayor said.
ANZ Tennis Hot Shots is designed to get more children active in the sport and is played on smaller courts with smaller racquets and nets, and low compression balls. The reduced size makes it easy for children to participate and learn the sport from an early age.
Tennis Victoria General Manager Government Relations & Places to Play, Ken Barton, said: “Tennis Victoria is very pleased to partner with Brimbank City Council in the construction of Victoria’s first Hot Shots Court in a park setting at the Lakes Reserve Flagship Park.
“Since its launch in 2008, ANZ Tennis Hot Shots has become one of the most popular sports programs for primary school children in Australia, with more than 150,000 boys and girls experiencing the program across Victoria in the past 12 months alone.
“Construction of the court here in Taylors Lakes means local families can keep fit, improve their skills and have fun close to home.
“It’s particularly fitting that the court is constructed here in this locality, given the tremendous support provided by Brimbank City Council to the sport, culminating in winning Tennis Victoria’s ‘Supporting Tennis – Local Government Recognition Award’ back to back in the past two years,” Mr Barton said.
Construction of the Hot Shots Court cost $35,000, with a further $5000 for seating and site improvements. Tennis Victoria and Brimbank City Council contributed $20,000 each.
The construction of the Hot Shots Court is part of the stage three upgrade of The Lakes Reserve.
Pictured below: Ken Barton (Tennis Victoria), Julian, Mayor of Brimbank Cr Margaret Giudice, Claudia, Mason, Jasmine, and Idalia.