The Matakana Tennis Club is the comeback of the century. Established in 1893, it started out as a grass court in Jubliee Park. We know from the old timers, at one point they were also playing on shingle, if you can imagine that! Generations of local families grew up learning and playing tennis at Matakana, but by the late 1990s, the courts had fallen into disrepair, and no one really played there again for a decade.
In 2014, a dedicated group of locals got together to lobby Auckland Council to get the bitumen surface resealed and they were finally successful in late 2017. After that success, the club was reformed, and fundraising began with the intention to AstroTurf and provide a windbreak, both of which were completed in early 2019.
Where to next? We want to keep building on this amazing community facility. Jubliee Park is in desperate need of rejuvenation. The local primary school also lacks any tennis playing facilities, so if we can, at a minimum, install toilet facilities, according to the school principal, they will be able to utilise this space too. But we want to go further, with lighting and a universal 'wraparound' clubhouse for all users of Jubliee Park. So, we need to raise $500,000 to make this happen. Join us!