Raising The Roof At Glen Eden Tennis Club
Replacing the old and rusted roof at Glen Eden Tennis Club was a tough challenge for a small, volunteer-run club. With relatively few members and limited budgets, it would have taken the club several years to fundraise all the money required. But thanks to the voting West Auckland public and $19,520 from the Million Dollar Mission, Glen Eden Tennis Club now has a brand new roof and guttering in place ready for the busy summer season.
‘The new roof is fantastic and has already made a difference,’ explains club treasurer, Raema Inglis.
‘There are no more leaks or puddles and we look forward to welcoming players from visiting clubs as well as members old and new to our now fully functioning club.’
Glen Eden is one of the oldest tennis clubs in Auckland and recently celebrated its 90th anniversary. According to Raema, participation in the Million Dollar Mission has brought both new and old members together and has helped to raise the club’s profile in the wider community.
‘We were able to reach out beyond our own community and garner support behind our application,’ says Raema.
‘Our members were great at getting their friends, family and work colleagues behind the initiative and voting for us.’
Situated down a long driveway on Glen Eden’s Glendale Road, the club isn’t all that obvious to drivers or passers-by. Raema says that the publicity and recognition which has come from the club’s involvement in the Million Dollar Mission has resulted in more enquiries and new recruits signing up.
There’s certainly plenty on offer at Glen Eden to entice new members. The club is particularly strong in its youth programme. Throughout the summer Wednesday evenings from 3-7pm are dedicated to the juniors aged from 5-18. Coaching is available from Tennis New Zealand accredited instructors. The emphasis is on the youngsters having fun while also developing their skills and abilities.
Adult players can enjoy tennis all year-round at Glen Eden which has outdoor lighting. Singles tennis players are welcome on Monday evenings while doubles matches take place on Tuesdays. On Thursday evenings there’s a fun fitness session that also serves as an introduction to tennis for those who would like to give it a go. Ladies tennis is the focus on the first and third Fridays of the month, while the weekends are set aside for inter-club competitions as well as for members who want to reserve a court.
Whether you’re after fun, social tennis or are more interested in competitive competition, new members are always welcome at Glen Eden. Why not pop in and have a chat or get in touch via the website at www.sporty.co.nz/glenedentennis