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Tennis at Churchie is a popular sport played in Term 2 in the GPS competition with Years 5 to 12 competing. Each age group is made up of four teams with four players in each team plus reserves.
Many boys come to Churchie having previously had private tennis lessons. They are able to continue with their coach and join the tennis programme run by Churchie’s Head Coach, who operates out of the David Turbayne Tennis Centre adjacent to the Eastern Suburbs Football Club, in Heath Park, East Brisbane.
During the season the Head Coach and each year level's individual coach are responsible for the coaching of all representative school teams. In the two sessions a week, they cover training drills, tactical point play, the psychological aspects of the game and appropriate court etiquette. The Churchie Tennis community sees the promotion of tennis as an important life skill.
Tennis enables boys to be part of a team, gain knowledge of their psychological strengths and acquire skills in a sport which has a rich history in Australia.
The first tennis captain was appointed in 1921 and tennis courts were built that same year. These courts remained in service (with extensions and modifications) until 2009 when the Sir John Pidgeon Sports Complex was built on the site. Other courts were also established for a time behind School House.
Churchie now has 11 courts for the boys and community to use. In 2011 the David Turbayne Tennis Centre opened. It has seven fully-lit courts with Rebound Ace (rubber) surfaces. Churchie also has access to the council-owned Hazel Millman four tennis hard courts, which are located in Heath Park.