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THE official opening of the Pakenham Regional Tennis Centre was a hit with the community, with hundreds of people attending the event on Sunday.
More than 500 people flocked to the centre to enjoy the free activities and check out the new Webster Way centre and its 18 Plexicushion courts.
“It was great to see so many people and families walk through the doors and enjoy the activities of the day,” said venue manager Paul Kleverlaan.
“The mini tennis courts were very popular with the younger kids, and one of the best things was seeing kids and adults having a hit of tennis together.”
There were plenty of activities including coaching activities, Pee Wee Tennis, demonstrations and recreational court use.
The $3.8 million centre opened its doors this month.
Cardinia Shire mayor Graeme Legge officially opened the centre along with Gembrook Labor MP Tammy Lobato.
“Through the centre’s specialised programs, like tennis coaching and tournaments, I’m confident we will produce our own tennis champions right here in Cardinia Shire,” Councillor Legge said.
He paid tribute to the many people involved in the construction of the centre, including council staff and contractors, and thanked the State Government and Tennis Australia for their support. School holiday programs begin soon at the centre and a “Mums in Tennis” program starts in term two. A junior tournament is planned for Friday 9 April.Ms Lobato said Victorians loved their sport, especially tennis.
“Spurred on by Melbourne’s recent successful staging of the Australian Open and the growing popularity of the sport, more and more people are looking to hit the courts, especially here in Pakenham,” she said.“That’s why the Victorian Government is proud to have invested $500,000 in this new facility to ensure growing communities like Pakenham have a quality facility where locals can get together, have a hit and keep fit.”
To register or view the centre’s programs, contact Pakenham Regional Tennis Centre on 5940 8510 or