New Tennis Infrastructure Grant Announced For Schools

Congratulations to Wellers Hill State Primary School and Camp Hill State Primary School – Both schools have been successful in receiving funding to upgrade their tennis courts as part of the first round of funding in the Tennis in State Schools Initiative (TISSI).

Two Brisbane schools were recently announced as successful recipients of the TISSI grant and will look to use the grants to refurbish their tennis courts and create thriving school tennis communities.  Both schools had their applications supported by Tennis For Kids and their respective P&C’s.

Under the TISSI model, the cost incurred by an individual school to have 2 tennis courts re-surfaced would be reduced from approximately $24,000 to only $8,000.  “The Tennis in State Schools Initiative is a funding model unlike anything we have seen before in Queensland,” said Tennis For Kids Director, Anthony White.  “This is a generous fund, all about nurturing tennis at the grassroots and as such Tennis For Kids is extremely supportive of the program.”

As a leading deliverer of Tennis Australia school programs and a Tennis Queensland affiliate, Tennis For Kids has been assisting P&C’s and school administrations with the TISSI application process –  Answering questions, compiling quotes and helping explain assessment criteria.  “Tennis Queensland has advised projects involving full size courts require schools become a School Infrastructure Program Partner (SIPP) with Tennis Queensland and remain partnered for a minimum of five years,” said Mr White.  “There is an annual cost involved with this process and this needs to be considered by schools when assessing the project, as does how to ensure applications have strong community engagement (focus).”

Schools and projects will be assessed and selected according to the following criteria:

1) Does the school have a proven track record of delivering TA programs?

2) Does the school and project have a community engagement focus? 

3) Is the school and project encouraging and allowing courts to be accessed by the general public? 

State Schools will have the ability to use the Infrastructure Fund for a number of projects including 

– Refurbishment/resurfacing of existing courts

– Construction of new facilities 

– Installation of Book-a-Court 

– Line marking 

– New or upgrade of existing lighting 

– Hot Shots court construction.

The Tennis in State Schools Initiative (TISSI) is a joint project between Tennis Australia (TA), Tennis Queensland (TQ) and Education Queensland to help schools refurbish, improve or build new tennis facilities.

Projects are funded via a 3-way contribution model, with each of the below partners (or contributors) required to contribute one third of the total project cost,

  1. Tennis (Tennis Australia & Tennis Queensland),
  2. Department of Education and
  3. Individual state school

The actual funding application must be completed by the school principal on One Portal, the Education Queensland intranet site.

Expressions of Interest for Round 2 of  TISSI will close at the end of Term 1, 2020.
For more information, please contact Tennis Queensland Schools Development Coordinator, Lauren McQueen at
[email protected] or  3214 3800