Help give Corakis courts a facelift

Charlie Chapman slices this slam under the watchful eye of his fellow tennis devotees during training on Saturday out at Corakis two-court facility.

Junior tennis in the small township of Coraki has never looked better according to Coraki Tennis Club president Joanna Chapman, but the courts could do with a facelift.

Coraki, a town of 11,300 people, only has two tennis courts, and it is quite an achievement to have over 40 kids involved in competitive tennis. The growth in numbers and the limited court space has seen the club split the age groups into three sessions and run the competition over two days. In addition the club has engaged a coach, Jarred Lions from Casino Tennis Academy, to run squad lessons on Saturdays. Coraki Primary School is now also utilising the coaching services with lessons held on the schools sports afternoon.

Generally Coraki parents have to drive their children miles to other towns for sports like soccer and football and theyre grateful that they can play tennis without that inconvenience.

The only downside to the growth of tennis in Coraki is the current state of the courts; both are badly in need of complete resurfacing. Coraki Tennis Club is trying to attract grant funding but they would welcome any donations or sponsorship from local individuals or businesses. If you can help out phone Joanna on 6683 2298.


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