Bringing year-round tennis to communities across Canada with Tennis Canada
To help grow interest and participation in tennis across the country, Tennis Canada announced the first four communities receiving funding as part of the new Year-Round Community Tennis Courts Program presented by Rogers.
With only 10% of Canada’s courts being covered to allow for year-round play, thousands of communities across Canada do not have access to tennis for the majority of the year. This $5.6 million multi-year program will make year-round tennis a reality for thousands of Canadians and help grow participation amongst youth and empower the next generation of high-performance athletes. Waterloo (Quebec), Markham (Ontario), Calgary (Alberta) and Ancaster (Ontario) were announced today as the first four communities to receive funding, with local ground-breaking events taking place in Waterloo and Markham.
The program, jointly funded by Tennis Canada and Rogers, aims to build 160 new year-round courts at up to 30 facilities across Canada over the next seven years.
To learn more about the program, please visit Tennis Canada.
From left to right: Amanda Collucci, Ward 6 Councillor, Markham, Jim Boyce, President and CEO, Ontario Tennis Association, Michael Downey, President and CEO at Tennis Canada, Frank Scarpitti, Mayor of Markham, Nancy Thomas, VP Brand, Rogers, Karl Hale, Operator, Premier Racquet Clubs, Markham, Helena Jaczek, MP Markham-Stouffville, Don Hamilton, Deputy Mayor, City of Markham, Nicholas Quadrini from MPP Paul Calandra’s office, Jason Abbott, representing The Farley Group
From left to right: Eugène Lapierre, Senior Vice-President Profesionnal Tennis, Quebec, Tennis Canada, Jean-Marie Lachapelle, Mayor, City of Waterloo, Andréanne Larouche, MP, Shefford, Norman Rothsching, Operator, Club de tennis François Godbout, François Godbout, former player and important donor, Isabelle Charest, MPP for Brome-Missisquoi, Minister for Education and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, Andréanne Martin, General Manager, Tennis Quebec, Édith Cloutier, President, Quebec, Rogers Communications
“Today’s announcement represents a tangible milestone for a vision that has been years in the making as we continue to deliver on our promise to make tennis more accessible to Canadians across the country. Our thanks go to our partner, Rogers, because the capital seed money they fund has been instrumental in helping to expedite these year-round facility projects. This is a watershed announcement for the future of tennis in Canada.”
– Michael Downey, President and Chief Executive Officer, Tennis Canada
“We are proud to invest in the terrific work Tennis Canada is doing to enable year-round tennis in communities across Canada to increase participation amongst youth, all local community members and the next generation of high-performance athletes. Congratulations to the municipalities and local clubs announced today. This investment will continue to help grow the sport of tennis and provide even more opportunities to keep young people active.”
– Robert Dépatie, President and Chief Operating Officer, Home and Business, Rogers Communications
“The initiative of Tennis Canada and Rogers building more indoor courts is really amazing. It will give more opportunities to young girls and also young males. It is super hard finding indoor courts living in Canada, but I think this initiative is amazing.”
– Bianca Andreescu, Team Rogers Athlete, Canadian and 2019 US Open champion