MEDIA RELEASE – November 18, 2023
Burlington, ON – On Saturday, local Burlington representatives met with the team at the Aldershot Tennis Club for a ribbon cutting event showcasing recent upgrades to their tennis facilities. The renovations were made possible in part by a $135,500 Capital grant they received from the Ontario Trillium Foundation in November 2022.
“The OTF Capital Grant has transformed the physical landscape of the Aldershot Tennis Club, ensuring the safety of players and longevity of the facility,” said Natalie Pierre, MPP for Burlington. “The renovations have served as a catalyst for a renewed sense of community, well-being and recreation for tennis enthusiasts of all ages in Burlington.”
The OTF Capital grant, awarded over 12 months, allowed the Tennis Club to address a community need by funding the resurfacing of the Club’s Tennis courts and the fixing of the exterior pavement for improved drainage to keep leaking water out of the bubble and reduce tripping hazards. As an added benefit, the renovations have also made the court area far more visually appealing.
“I cannot express just how positive the impact of this OTF grant was for the Club,” said Ron Gelens, President of the Aldershot Tennis Club.
“This grant has guaranteed that members of the club will be able to enjoy the great game of tennis for years to come. The courts were getting worn down and needed to be upgraded. The club had saved enough money to replace the existing bubble for indoor tennis, but the Ontario Trillium Foundation funds allowed the board to replace outdated lighting and overhaul the courts. It’s almost like we have a brand new facility now!”
Aldershot Tennis Club is a not-for-profit volunteer-run tennis facility for recreational and competitive players of all ages with four fully-lit Plexicushion surfaced courts for year-round play, enclosed by a heated bubble in the winter season. Professional lessons and clinics are available. Clubhouse facilities are provided for members’ and guests’ use. There is a full slate of leagues, round robins and ladder competitions and regular social events and tournaments are held. Summer memberships are available and a wait list is available for indoor winter tennis. Please visit https://www.aldershottennis.ca for more information.
The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations celebrates 40 years of grant-making in Ontario and making a lasting impact in communities. Last year, OTF invested over $110M into 1,022 community projects and partnerships. Visit otf.ca to learn more
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