The eight-court Fundy region tennis centre will be the largest indoor tennis facility in New Brunswick. The fixed structure will measure approximately 5,613 sq m and will be located on the UNB Saint John campus, five kilometers north of the Saint John city centre.
The proposed tennis centre is designed with flexibility in mind:
Off court amenities include:
If our fundraising goals are met construction could start in 2023 with an opening possible in 2024. (These dates are dependent on a successful FTA Capital Campaign)”
Programming is geared to all levels of play and will be inclusive. An outreach program for Saint John priority neighbourhoods is planned. It is based on the successful Tennis Canada model used in the Jane-Finch area in Toronto, Ontario.
The Fundy region tennis centre will be fully owned and operated by the not-for-profit Fundy Tennis Association (FTA), with support from Tennis New Brunswick and Tennis Canada.
The facility is open to tennis players, and people wanting to learn to play, from Sussex to St. Stephen and beyond.
Membership is not required and court fees will be competitive with a “No Child Refused” policy, ensuring children from low-income households who want to play tennis can.
Increased demand: Tennis has become the fastest growing traditional sport in Canada. Tournament play has seen close to a 10% rise in New Brunswick in the last five years. Junior participation is up more than 50% at most tennis clubs in New Brunswick, despite COVID.
Need: New Brunswick has the lowest number of indoor tennis courts per capita in Canada- one per 125, 000 people.
Currently there is only one indoor tennis facility in the province, located in Fredericton, and it is often fully booked.
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