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“Book a Court” opens up opportunities

IN a Tasmanian first, Lindisfarne Memorial Tennis Club will pilot a new ‘Book a Court’ initiative to encourage local residents to get involved in tennis.

The club was identified by both Tennis Tasmania and Tennis Australia as a suitable site to introduce the new online system which connects participants to an innovative online booking and payment platform.

The improved booking process allows players to book and pay online, with players then given a PIN that provides access to the court and turns on the lights at their designated time.

Lindisfarne Memorial Tennis Club president Grant Fagan said the system would be a positive for the club and the community.

“Our club is excited to have Book a Court on board and open to the community,” he said.

“Participation in our sport is paramount and the installation will allow any person in southern Tasmania to easily access our courts at any time.”

The new process provides both flexibility and freedom for club members, locals, tennis fans and occasional players who will be able to easily access courts.

The system comes as part of a bid to promote the sustainability of local tennis clubs.

“I am delighted that the Lindisfarne Memorial Tennis Club was chosen for this initiative,” Liberal Member for Franklin Jacquie Petrusma said.

“We know that by removing barriers to sport we will help achieve our goal of making Tasmania the healthiest state by 2025 and I am thrilled that Tennis Australia and Tennis Tasmania are leading the way with this great new initiative.”

Tennis Australia director of participation Paul Cammack said he hoped the new program would encourage more people to take to the court.

“The Book a Court program continues to unlock tennis clubs around Australia by giving flexible and convenient access,” he said.

“Whether your last match was years ago or you’re a regular player, we encourage you to get back on court at your local club and benefit from the lifelong health and social benefits that tennis provides.”

The initiative recently won an award for Excellence in Innovation at the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) Participation Awards.

The Awards recognise an ASC-funded sporting organisation that continues to evolve and encourage participation through various strategies and initiatives.

Players can book online at www.tennis.com.au/lindisfarne

Caption: Minister for Sport Jacquie Petrusma, Clarence Mayor Doug Chipman and Lindisfarne Memorial Tennis Club members at the launch of the new “Book a Court” system.