A RECRUITMENT drive has seen Hastings Tennis Club more than double its membership.
At the beginning of 2023 Hastings had no junior teams and a about 30 members.
New coach Reece Driscoll said new members and new coaching programs had breathed new life into the club.
“The club now has eight junior teams, two of which are section one, two nights of after-school coaching, a junior performance squad and has signed up over 50 new members,” he said.
The club employed a new coaching team at the start of term two and with that had come a new atmosphere and a strong focus on junior tennis.
Driscoll said players from the performance squad were planning to train at a Spanish academy.
The club had upgraded its lights to LEDs and was wanted to return the bocce courts back to tennis courts.
Driscoll said a recent “performance team” training trip to Bendigo helped to cement the sense of teamwork and players’ love of tennis.
“When you think that we were struggling six months ago, we are now in a great place,” he said.