Game, set, match: Mont named major sponsor of East Fremantle Lawn Tennis Club
Mont Property has been named a major sponsor of the East Fremantle Lawn Tennis Club, allowing the iconic club to work towards several significant infrastructure projects.
The club, which is renowned for its spectacular views of the Swan River and offers competitive and social tennis for all ages, was first established in Allen Street, East Fremantle in 1906 before it moved to its current home at Petra Street in 1963.
The club is one of Perth’s premium tennis clubs offering 16 grass courts, five plexipave hard courts and four floodlit Laykold Gel hard courts.
Despite the COVID pandemic, in the past two years it has experienced 40% growth in membership numbers and increased participation in coaching programs, public court hire and new initiatives for both members and non-members.
The Mont sponsorship deal comes just weeks after the club was named the Most Outstanding Large Club at the 2021 Tennis Industry Awards at Optus Stadium on October 8.
Claiming its inaugural award at the 2019 event, it has gone from strength to strength, most recently delivering on an impressive $400,000 infrastructure project, which has seen significant upgrades to its clubhouse and court resurfacing.
East Fremantle Lawn Tennis Club President William Bell said the club was incredibly appreciative of Mont’s sponsorship.
“We are very excited to have Mont join us as a major sponsor. The contribution Mont is making will help us embark on several key infrastructure projects as well as tending to the upkeep of our lawn courts,” Mr Bell said.
Mr Bell said the club had completed the $400,000 redevelopment, but was surprised to be hit with a directive to upgrade its sewerage system.
“That has become a financial burden to the club to the tune of $110,000 on top of what we had already spent on the redevelopment,” he said.
“Every month we are putting money aside to run the sewer line in, so the funds from Mont will go towards the running of our club because money we had used to run our club is now being diverted to the sewer project.
“Some of the money that Mont will kindly give us will go towards maintaining the grass courts, which is one of our major expenses.
“We have 16 grass courts and the projected cost of maintaining those courts this year is $84,000. That’s a lot of money for a tennis club to find by asking members for a subscription.
“We are blessed to have our club situated where it is and a balcony that overlooks the Swan River magnificently. It’s a terrific place for a quiet drink after tennis and venue hire is our major income stream.”
Mont Managing Director Matthew Podesta said Mont was proud to support the local icon.
“Community is the cornerstone of what we do at Mont so we are pleased to be able to support such an integral local institution in the East Fremantle Lawn Tennis Club, which is now 115 years old,” Mr Podesta said.
“The opportunity came up to support the club and we jumped at the chance. It’s a natural fit for us and what we do as our real estate business moves more and more into the Fremantle corridor with new listings.”
Next Friday (October 29), East Fremantle Lawn Tennis Club will launch its weekly Twilight Family Friday Tennis Nights with free family social tennis for beginners to advanced players, as well as a variety of coaching, supervised games and activities.
As a pillar in our community, Mont prides itself on sponsoring community groups and local events. If you would like to discuss a partnership, please contact us.