Flager Palm Coast Friends of Tennis

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First, read the history of tennis in Palm Coast here: /assets/945/15/HistoryofTennisinPalmCoast.pdf
Friends of Tennis is a grassroots Community Tennis Association (CTA). In August 2005, the group formed a steering committee of nine and a base of several hundred to grow the game of tennis in Palm Coast. The first mission was to advocate for a public tennis facility. Members attended City Council meetings, wrote letters and e-mails, met with government officials, tennis court experts and pros--all in support of an affordable tennis center, offering a range of programs suitable for all ages and all skill level players.

On December 20th 2005, the City Council committed to reallocate funds in their Recreation and Parks budget to fast track the building of a 10-court facility. The Center, open since November 2007, already boasts just under 300 player/members.

In addition, Friends of Tennis began focusing on the goal of expanding tennis into the community. Adult social programs such as Quadrant Tennis were initiated. Children’s programs were begun. They include working with Special Olympics athletes, introducing rally-ball in the schools and at the Community Center, and providing on-court volunteers for the 21st Century Learning program at Bunnell Elementary. FOT volunteers also support the popular Looney Dunes kids’ event at Hammock Dunes.

Friends of Tennis supported the first cross-town high school match between Flagler Palm Coast High School and the new Matanzas High School in the spring of 2007. The group has also reinstituted a spring tournament to benefit high school tennis athletes that was started in 1991.

What’s next? The basic mission of Friends of Tennis continues to be the same—grow the game of tennis in Palm Coast and Flagler County.