Bluffs tennis court gets tick of approval

BLUFF State School could be nurturing Queensland’s tennis stars of the future, with its recently completed tennis court being used virtually every day by enthusiastic students.

The school planned to hold its inaugural tennis tournament on the vibrant blue and white hard court last week, but had to postpone the event due to bad weather, according to school principal Craig Hazen.

“We’re definitely planning some school tournaments in the future,” Mr Hazen said.

“It’s a pity the first one had to be postponed.

“If we can hold it before the end of the school year that would be great, but if not, it’s also a great way to start the year in 2011.”

Mr Hazen said the students have taken to the new court with excitement and enthusiasm.

“It’s getting a heap of good use… pretty much every day,” he said.

“It’s not only for tennis either, we’ve built it into our curriculum to make sure we get the most out of it.”

Funding for the tennis court was provided through the government’s National School Projects initiative to the tune of $50,000.

Mr Hazen aims to use the court for a number of different school activities including tennis tournaments.

“We’ve only got two classes out here but it’s still getting everyday use, be it for tennis or not,” he said.

“The next thing we want to do is put up a permanent cover over the top, like a canopy.”

Mr Hazen said the school was currently working on obtaining funding for the court cover, which would allow students to practice their tennis come rain, hail or shine.

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