The big serves and deft volleys of Trangie’s tennis players will be on show under lights thanks to funding secured by NSW Nationals Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders.

The Trangie Community Tennis Club has been granted $12,874 from the Local Sports Grants Program, which will allow for the installation of new lighting, as well as an upgrade of the electrical lines at the facility and the installation of a security screen door.

Mr Saunders said the ability to access sport after work hours is important, and the installation of lights will make tennis a year-round sport in Trangie.

“Outside of daylight savings it is difficult to finish work and participate in outdoor sports if the facility doesn’t have lighting, and that was the situation confronting tennis players in Trangie,” he said.

“This funding will allow for the installation of lighting that will allow social and competition tennis to be played at night time, which is the ideal time when you consider how hot things can get in western NSW during summer and how little light there is in the late afternoon through the rest of the year.

“This in turn will allow the club to hopefully sign up more members and allow more residents the chance to get outside and enjoy a hit and be active.”

Trangie Community Tennis Club president Robert Armstrong said the project will be a real boost for the town.

“The tennis club is an integral part of the Trangie Community, a community which has been heavily impacted by the drought in recent years,” he said.

“The club allows all members of the community, regardless of age, to participate in a competition or social sport, and provides a space for all members of the community to come together.”