ECHUCA Lawn Tennis Club will be at full capacity this season following a huge boost in playing numbers.
It has joined forces with Echuca South Tennis Club to host all teams at ELTC for 2017/18.
Echuca South has made the move from Echuca College to share the facilities with ELTC, but remain a separate identity with both clubs agreeing not to amalgamate at a meeting between executives on August 17.
It will see all 17 courts utilised on Saturdays and during the week and more players making use of the facilities.
Echuca South approached ELTC two weeks prior to the meeting as to whether the courts could accommodate both clubs, feeling it could not offer current or potential members adequate amenities at its previous location.
They’ll share the running costs of the lawn courts and facilities, essentially halving the expenditure for ELTC which has subsequently reduced membership fees.
‘‘Financially we’ll be a lot better off,’’ ELTC president Brian Gledhill said. ‘‘It also means we can lower the cost for members and hopefully attract more people.
‘‘There’ll be more people to share the workload in running the club; that’s helping out behind the bar and with clean-up, and more hands-on deck for our Easter tournament which is our biggest event of the year.’’
Gledhill said he and the entire committee were more than happy to have South ‘‘come on board’’ and South president Daryl Poole said ELTC had been extremely accommodating.
‘‘At the end of the day, it’s a win-win for both clubs,’’ Poole said.
‘‘Our members get access to these great facilities and Lawn has more people using its courts and club rooms.
‘‘Already we’ve had ex-members wanting to come back because they heard we were moving to ELTC.’’
Echuca South will be bringing across four junior teams and four senior teams and will still have members playing both the Campaspe Tennis Association and Goulburn Murray Lawn Tennis Association.
Alenka Hubacek has also come across as coach of both clubs and will still be playing for Echuca South.
Court curator Jade Bennett said the extra use of the courts will be beneficial to the quality of the playing surface.
‘‘The more traffic it gets, the firmer the ground will be which makes for better courts,’’ Bennett said.
‘‘We hope to get at least five courts up and running next week for players to start having a hit.’’
The clubs will hold registration days in the coming weeks, with dates to be confirmed.
Any interested players can contact Brian Gledhill on 0418 780 142 for ELTC enquiries or Daryl Poole on 0418 992 056 for Echuca South.