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The future of club tennis is fuzzy

Tennis clubs are being urged to turn to wine to assist in their efforts to raise as much as $4 million a year in funding, to upgrade club facilities and develop the next generation of Australian tennis stars.

A survey of 300 Australian tennis clubs and associations by Fuzzy Ball Wines has found that 50% of tennis clubs need to fundraise extensively in order to remain operational.

More than one third of tennis clubs rely on the efforts of enthusiastic members, volunteers and staff to raise a per club average of $2000 annually, through social events and raffles.

The money generated is spent on operational requirements and providing facilities for budding tennis players to learn, train and compete.

Fuzzy Ball Wines is made up of four high profile wineries, including Grant Burge, Tyrrell’s, Alkoomi, and Cuttaway Hill and has been created to support local tennis clubs in Australia.

For every case of wine sold, Fuzzy Ball Wines will donate $25 to a nominated tennis club.

Damian and Terri Percy, founders of Funding Wine Services, recognise the challenges that local tennis clubs face in metro and regional areas and have launched Fuzzy Ball Wines to support an estimated 2000 clubs Australia-wide in their efforts to raise as much as $4 million annually.

“This is undoubtedly a large task, however, we feel confident that Fuzzy Ball Wines will assist local tennis clubs to raise much needed funding through the offering of award-winning Australian wines at discounted prices,” said Damian.

“Thanks to this (scheme), if only 80 members from a tennis club ordered one case of wine per year, the tennis club would reach its average annual fundraising target of $2000, and all at absolutely no cost to the club.”

Tennis legend, Davis Cup Captain and Australian Open commentator John ‘Fitzy’ Fitzgerald says local tennis clubs play an important role in nurturing future tennis stars.

“I learnt to play tennis at Cockaleechie Tennis Club in South Australia and it was there that I was able to compete and develop,” he said.

“As a result of the well-funded club facilities, I was able to grow my skills and reach world-ranking competitive levels.”

Orders through Fuzzy Ball Wines can be placed online at www.fuzzyballwines.com.au.

Fuzzy Ball Wines is the official wine sponsor of the Australian Pro Tour and will also be available at Australian Pro Tour tournaments.

For more information or to order a case through Fuzzy Ball Wines visit www.fuzzyballwines.com.au or contact 1300 854 707.

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