Whitfield Tennis Club has two tennis courts set in the picturesque King Valley Recreation Reserve at Whitfield.
Toilets are within the Recreation Reserve for players use and also playground equipment for children. Two fenced abandoned courts adjoin the existing courts which can be used as a children’s playground, riding bikes etc. This makes it very safe for children.
The club is an emerging club after being in recession for 15 years. Coaching and the Hot Shots Program for juniors are available on Tuesday and Thursdaynights. Social tennis is played on Thursday nights at 5.30 p.m. Yearly membership for juniors is $15, Adults $30 and a family membership of two adults and two children $70. Visitors to the area are able to hire the courts for $10 an hour; a net is available at the Whitfield Store.
A TEAM of young hot shots are helping bring tennis back to the Whitfield community through the innovative Tennis Australia program for kids.
The ‘ANZ Tennis Hot Shots” program has taken off at the local courts, attracting as many as 22 players this year all aged from five to 12 years old.
Whitfield Tennis Club secretary and coach Reta Sheppard said while she was initially somewhat skeptical about the program which enables kids as young as three to take part by using a smaller court area and lighter equipment, the results have been remarkable. “When I first saw it I had my doubts, but the kids love it and they cotton on really quickly,” she said.
‘All the activities are based around the skills you actually use in tennis and with this, they’re able to be part of it all the time – so it’s not surprising it has taken off everywhere.” It has also breathed new life into the Whitfield Tennis Club, where no teams have played since the year 2000. Disappointed that the facilities were not being used and having seen the program demonstrated in Melbourne a couple of years ago, Reta decided to give it a go in Whitfield and advertised it at the primary school.
“The response was amazing,” she said. “The parents love to because they don’t have to travel to Wangaratta for their children to take part.” Children wanting formal coaching have been working with Doug Smith from All Stars Tennis in Wangaratta who was engaged to lend a hand, while the younger kids develop their skills with volunteers Reta, Pam Deeker and Peter Hanley, supported by the local parents.
The success has motivated the club to get back into business, with Joel Pizzini taking on the role of president, supported by vice president Peter Hanley and Reta as secretary/treasurer. “We have a committee of five and we’re keen try to get competition going again, and now we’ll have kids who are ready to go into a team,” said Reta. “We plan to start with social tennis, and hopefully achieve our dream of having lights at the courts. “lt’s really too hot here to play tennis at 5pm during the summer, so with lights we’ll be able to play in the evening.”
While the club will explore any available funding opportunities, in the meantime it hopes to attract as many members as it can to get the club up and operational again.
Anyone interested in finding out more call Reta or email firstname.lastname@example.org.