Australian tennis icon Todd Woodbridge has vouched for the newly instated ‘Book a Court’ system at Wagga’s Jim Elphick Tennis centre, saying it will allow for more players to paticipate more often.
The ‘Book a Court’ Tennis Australia initiative allows players to book and pay online, with players then given a PIN that provides access to the court and turns on the lights at their designated time.
“This system means that more tennis will be played by more people more often,” Woodbridge said.
The new process was first piloted in 2015-16 and has since been installed in more than 95 venues and 679 courts nationwide, with more than 61,000 bookings made in 2017-18.
Wagga Tennis Association facilities manager and Southern Sports Academy CEO Mark Calverley said the new system would be a great benefit to the club and the community.
“Any innovation that can provide our members and the wider community with greater access to facilities is a real positive,” Calverley said.
“We remain committed to investing in upgrades and technology for the Jim Elphick Tennis Centre to ensure that Wagga has one of the best regional sports facilities in regional NSW.”
Wagga mayor Greg Conkey joined Woodbridge in welcoming the new system.
“This is getting people back onto the courts … and we have some of the best facilities in regional NSW and Australia,” he said.