‘Buy a brick’ campaign for tennis centre fund

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Tennis South Canterbury is going back to the future to fund the completion of its latest lighting project at the Trust Aoraki Tennis Centre.

It is launching a community “buy a brick” campaign to raise the final $30,000 to complete the $400,000 project.

We have been working hard to ensure the tennis centre remains one of the best in New Zealand.

Campaign organiser Ferg Hazlett said those who bought a brick would have their name as a permanent reminder of their generosity at the tennis centre.

“We did it 18 years ago for our Millennium Project and it was a success, so we thought it may be the way to go to get the funds we need to complete the lighting on the No1 court.”

The Millennium Project lit just four courts at the centre, while the latest project covers all 14 courts.

“We have been working hard to ensure the tennis centre remains one of the best in New Zealand.”

Mr Hazlett said the lights were the latest state-of-the-art LED Philips technology and were far cheaper to run than the older style lights.

“Thanks to the generosity of Trust Aoraki and Alpine Energy, we have been able to fund a large chunk of the project but just need some funds to finish it off.”

Mr Hazlett said the new lights would give the facility much more flexibility.

“The lights can be used for tournaments, rep fixtures, junior and senior coaching and business house tennis. Everyone can benefit from them, even the casual user.”

Mr Hazlett said the original brick pathway would just be extended out from the pavilion.

The bricks cost $150 for an individual or family or $300 plus GST for a business.

“Hopefully, everyone can see the benefit of having a world class tennis venue in South Canterbury.”

Buy a brick online at www.tennissouthcanterbury.co.nz

The South Island Secondary Schools Tennis Championships will be held at the Trust Aoraki Tennis Centre from tomorrow through to Sunday.