Tennis tragics will be in their element when the new Narangba Tennis Centre officially opens with a free come and try day this weekend.
The $4 million complex, funded by Moreton Bay Regional Council and the State Government, is home to six new courts.
Mayor Peter Flannery says budding stars, beginners and pros can try the new facilities at the Harris Avenue Sports Complex during the opening event.
“I can’t wait to see the next Ash Barty or Pat Rafter developing their ‘love’ of the game here in Moreton Bay Region thanks to this smash hit facility,” he says.
“With the Olympics not too far away it’d be great to see a homegrown star on the podium at the 2032 Brisbane Olympic and Paralympic Games.
“This is just one of many facilities Council is delivering to a gold medal standard on the road to 2032, including our very own Olympic Park 7000-seat indoor stadium at The Mill, Petrie.”
Kurwongbah MP Shane King is amazed by the quality of the project and is pleased the State Government could chip in half the funding.
“We’ve known for a little while that we’ve needed tennis facilities in the area and this project ticks every box we could hope for,” he says.
Tennis Queensland will manage the precinct and general manager Elia Hill says it will play a huge part in plans to expand the sport across Moreton Bay.
“We’re so happy to have this partnership with Moreton Bay Regional Council to help access a whole new wave of tennis fans to pick up a racquet,” Elia says.
“We’ve appointed a highly experienced tennis coach Wade Foster from InTennis as the head coach of this facility and we know he’ll do a great job inspiring everyone from children to adults.
“Mr Foster has 20 years’ experience in Moreton Bay, so he’ll be great for anyone wanting to learn new skills and have fun.”
The Narangba Tennis Centre opening event runs between 9am and 1pm on Sunday, May 15, with a plaque unveiling at 10am.
Free tennis lessons and activities are available for people of all abilities and do not require registrations.