SAY farewell to the "glorified tin shed", the Eglinton Tennis Club is set to have a new clubhouse.
It was announced this week by Bathurst MP Paul Toole that the Eglinton Tennis Club had received a grant of $159,882 under the NSW Government's Stronger Country Communities Fund to build a new clubhouse.
He said it would compliment the facilities already at the complex.
"The Eglinton District Tennis Club has six floodlit courts, four mini courts and a toilet block," he said.
"However, its clubhouse is pretty much no more than a glorified tin shed that floods when there is heavy rain.
"This funding will allow the club to get rid of this shed and replace it with a clubhouse more in keeping with the size of the club and its expected growth into the future."
Eglinton Tennis Club publicity officer John Bullock said the construction of the new clubhouse would not only benefit current members, but make for a secure future.
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In adding to the redeveloped Bathurst Tennis Centre clubhouse, Bullock feels it will also help the city further add to its strong tennis history and reputation.
"The building of the new clubhouse at the Eglinton Complex will no doubt see the club's future, and that of its players, benefit greatly," Bullock said.
"Bathurst have had a great depth of outstanding senior and junior players over the years, with a number of locals having gone on to have a national ranking. With the completion of the new Eglinton clubhouse, I have no doubt that this will ensure the club's future is secure.
"With Bathurst City's new clubhouse and now Eglinton's, Mr Toole has not only given Eglinton, but Bathurst, the opportunity now to develop into becoming a real winner within the tennis scene in the Central West."
Tennis is one of the sports which is still able to - albeit under under specific conditions - operate in the current environment when the coronavirus has led to the suspension of so many other codes.
Private lessons and games between two people are permitted.
When the social distancing restrictions are eventually lifted, Toole feels tennis will again be a great way to bring people together socially at Eglinton.
"I am sure the new facility will be well patronised once it's completed," he said.