Wesley Tennis Club has a long tradition of tennis in Canberra, having operated since the 1930s (1932?). Wesley Uniting church was one of the first churches built in the new capital city in the 1930’s. It sits on a large block with a number of buildings, including the church itself, church halls, the Wesley Music Centre, a large gymnasium and, of course, tennis courts.
From the 1930’s to the 70’s, the club was prominent in the Canberra tennis scene, participating in local competitions. Since then the focus has shifted to social tennis welcoming people of all ages and standards for a fun-filled experience.
Our oldest member, Yvonne Scales, joined the club in 1962 and has seen many changes over the decades. Amongst her memories she recalls:
"Before Lancaster Hall was built, we had a wooden Pavilion for storing equipment and tools, and used the Wesley Kitchen to make our tea and coffee.
In the late 60’s and 70’s we had a flourishing junior club for players from the age of about 10 to 14, and a coach from Flinders Way courts would come and give lessons and organise games amongst the juniors. Social tennis was held every Saturday all year round at the church – juniors on Saturday mornings and adults on Saturday afternoons.
It has always been a family friendly tennis club and children of any age were always welcome; and we provided a sandpit and other play areas for the children. I remember that we used to bring tricycles for our girls to ride up and down the drive at the back of the church and the manse."
A collection of other highlights from the club’s history is being compiled and will be added to this page.