The Community Tennis Project is a not for profit organisation that provides tennis scholarships to less privileged children and youth. We were incorporated in 2016 by people with a passion for tennis in the Sydney area. Our goal is to make tennis more inclusive and accessible and to grow the number of children and youth participating in tennis.
Thanks to regular community donations made through our partnership with the Australian Sports Foundation and other grants we are currently able to provide 4 scholarships. We are also delivering free tennis to an average of 75 children and youth a week aged between 5 and 18 years of age through the delivery of after-school tennis programs at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence in Redfern and a City of Sydney Council youth program at the City Community Tennis Alexandria Park tennis courts. We have identified many children who would like to join additional lessons. We are currently seeking funding and sponsors to help them join group classes and private coaching.
We are also forming an Indigenous Youth Tennis Leadership project and sending a team of Indigenous children to attend the inaugural Indigenous Tennis Carnival in Darwin in September 2018. We want to help disadvantaged families who can’t afford the cost of regular tennis lessons. We fund free 'come and try' lessons and workshops in the community. We provide partial and full scholarships so children can be taught by qualified and professional tennis coaches at a tennis court near to where they live. The Community Tennis Project is raising awareness of the many physiological, emotional, mental and social benefits of children learning to play tennis. Research shows that tennis helps children build self-esteem, optimism and reduces depression, anger, confusion, anxiety and tension. As a game of angles it helps children with math and geometry. Regular participation helps children make friends and build confidence. Tennis can be played throughout one’s life but initially requires discipline and coaching to build the skills required to play and enjoy the game. By establishing a scholarship program we are removing financial barriers that prevent less privileged children in our community from learning to play tennis - a game for life!
The average cost of enrolling a child in regular after-school tennis lessons and school holiday camps for a year is around $1000 but ANY amount donated will help give a child the gift of tennis and is greatly appreciated!
Please consider making a regular donation. An investment of $3 a day is less than the average cost of a cup of coffee and will sponsor one child for a year in regular coaching programs.
We work in partnership with City Community Tennis staff and coaches located in Sydney, an award winning tennis centre.