Williamstown’s Liston Tennis Club has been ranked the second-best tennis club in the west, with the club also claiming a spot in Tennis Victoria’s Top 50 Clubs, after climbing 14 positions from the previous year to rank 30 this year.
The Top 50 Clubs has become an annual celebration of high performing tennis venues in Victoria, with ranks based on the number of unique participants registered in the yearly reporting period.
Liston Tennis Club recorded 614 members for the 2017/18 year, a 36 percent increase from the 450 members reported in the previous year, and Liston Tennis Club Administrator Christian Frost said the numbers speak to the growing appetite for tennis in the west.
“For a 6-court club that is well above the member to court ratio to rank 30 in the Top 50, where most of the other clubs are representing commercial tennis centres, we think is a pretty good result,” Mr Frost said.
“This year is the first year that clubs could register coaching participants with Tennis Victoria. We have also welcomed a lot of new members from our women in tennis program and Fast4 casual competition for juniors and seniors.”
Only three western region clubs made Tennis Victoria’s Top 50 Clubs this year, with Liston Tennis Club being the only local club in Williamstown and the wider Hobsons Bay area to ensure the municipality makes its mark among Victoria’s best.
“There is definitely a shortage of courts in the Hobsons Bay area. We have 25 junior teams every Saturday morning and we are renting courts for 22 of those teams all over the western suburbs,” Mr Frost said.
“Going forward there is definitely a case to explore additional courts in Hobsons Bay, especially courts and centres that all clubs can use. We are also seeing more demand for casual court hire than ever before.”
The Top 50 Club rankings are determined by the number of participants a club/centre registers during the previous financial year. Participants can include club members, coaching participants, social players, night competition players and casual court bookers.
For the full list of Tennis Victoria’s Top 50 Clubs, visit the Tennis Victoria website.