Aspen Medical and Tennis ACT have partnered to support the redevelopment of the ACT All-Abilities and Wheelchair Hub at North Woden Tennis Club.
The partnership will support the redevelopment of the courts at the club, which includes four new hard court surfaces.
The support from Aspen Medical follows the announcement of $825,000 from the ACT Government on 10 December.
The court redevelopment will allow the community club to be more accessible, safe and allow players with intellectual and physical disabilities to train and play in a supportive environment.
Wheelchair Tennis is one of the fastest-growing wheelchair sports in the world.
Wheelchair Tennis integrates very easily with the able-bodied game since it can be played on any regular tennis court, with no modifications to the size of the court or the size of rackets or balls. The game follows traditional tennis rules, with the only exception being that the Wheelchair Tennis player is allowed two bounces of the ball.
Tennis ACT CEO Kim Kachel welcomed the announcement.
“We are delighted that Aspen Medical will partner with North Woden Tennis Club as the ACT All-Abilities and Wheelchair Hub. Once this project is complete, the facility will be an essential asset to the Canberra community and broader region,” she said.
“Tennis prides itself on being an inclusive and diverse sport. It offers social cohesion, mental and physical health, and wellbeing and community connection. We are committed to creating a more welcoming and inclusive environment for everyone,” Ms Kachel said.
“Tennis is a brilliant vehicle for this to occur, and we look forward to getting this project underway and realising the vision. North Woden is a critical club for the ACT and region.
“With special thanks to Aspen Medical, and the ACT Government, without their support, this would not be possible”.
Aspen Medical general manager, global advisory services, Robyn Hendry, said, “Supporting people with disabilities has been a cornerstone of Aspen Medical’s social purpose, particularly in the ACT. Having recently supported the Australian Olympic and Paralympic teams, and our work with Tennis Australia around the 2021 and 2022 Australian Open, this sponsorship with Tennis ACT and its inclusive ethos is a perfect fit for us”.
The additional support from Aspen Medical will mean the project will start by mid-2022. It is expected to be completed by the end of 2022.