Sport

A much-needed spruce up for Maules Creek tennis

Courts at Fairfax Public School to get a makeover thanks to $10,000 grant

ACED IT: Fairfax Public School students and budding Hotshots tennis stars Hazel Woolford, 6, Blake Nobilo, 8, Max Laird, 9, Dominic Calsena, 7, and Brigid Murphy, 9, with back, ANZ Narrabri and Wee Waa branch manager Katie Phelan, Fairfax P and C vice-president Patrick Murphy and ANZ North West NSW regional executive Catherine Smith following a $10,000 donation which will enable maintenance on the courts, particularly the fence, inset, which is in desperate need of repair.

They don't do things by halves at Maules Creek, and an unlikely sporting success got another boost recently.

The Hot Shots junior tennis program based at Fairfax Public School was the recipient of a $10,000 grant from the program's major sponsor the ANZ Bank.

It was a remarkable effort to win the prize, which will largely be used to effect repairs on the courts, including a dilapidated perimeter fence, as well as getting a lot of new equipment.

Fairfax had to submit a short video as its entry and appropriately it was themed along the lines of The 12 Days of Christmas.

But perhaps even more remarkably, the school hosts up to 25 children every Friday evening, some travelling from as far away as Boggabri to take part in the program.

To put that in perspective, that's almost double the school's roll.

One of the organisers is P and C member Patrick Murphy, with help from Dave Whan.

Mr Murphy said the program had been going for two years but the courts were badly in need of repair.

"The tennis court fence is very dilapidated and when the grant became available we put in for it and we won.

"It's absolutely fantastic. We just take our hats off to this sort of sense of community.

"$10,000 might not mean much to a big city club but to a community like ours it makes all the difference in the world."