Founding Partners

Key Partners of the Abony Family Tennis Center

United by a common vision of a year round facility that offers affordable, accessible and progressive tennis to people of all ages and abilities, these partners are committed to the success and sustainability of the Abony Family Tennis Center.

The Abony Family

Both Lorne and Wendy Abony are strong supporters of community based tennis programs that are delivered to underserved children and their families. This commitment is shared by the CRCTC and demonstrated with family-friendly pricing and a no child refused policy that ensures children of all financial backgrounds are able to participate in programs at the Abony Family Tennis Center. As a demonstration of their support for this important community-based initiative, the Abonys have graciously contributed $227,000. As a result of this generous donation, the Community Tennis Centre will be known as the Abony Family Tennis Center.

City of Fredericton

Like the CRCTC, the City of Fredericton recognized that a traditional model for building and operating wellness infrastructure is difficult to sustain in a challenging economic climate. Under the traditional model the City would typically provide one-third of the financing, the Province one-third and the Federal Government one-third with the infrastructure operated exclusively at no cost to the City. The City and the CRCTC recognized that to have wellness infrastructure that is accessible, affordable and sustainable, organizations such as the CRCTC had to take a leadership role.

Under this new partnership model, approximately one-half of the capital costs of the project were provided by the CRCTC and other tennis stakeholders. The Abony Family Tennis Center is owned and operated by the CRCTC as a non-profit organization, offering tennis at the lowest possible cost to citizens in the Capital Region and beyond.

To assist this initiative, the City is providing the following:

  • leasing land to the CRCTC for the Abony Family Tennis Center at a cost of $100.00 per year;
  • providing a parking area that the City will maintain as part of the overall Grant Harvey Centre;
  • providing access to the geothermal heating system that has been installed by the City to supply heat to the Grant Harvey Complex;
  • transferring all of its tennis programming to the CRCTC;
  • facilitated access to $1,010,000 in funding through the Regional Development Corporation (RDC).

Tennis Canada

Tennis Canada has supported the CRCTC and championed the development of the Abony Family Tennis Center as a model in Canada for the development of accessible, affordable and sustainable tennis infrastructure. Tennis Canada has been a committed partner since the inception of the project and has provided the following:

  • technical expertise in the design of the facility;
  • expertise in developing programming to be offered at the facility;
  • assistance in developing the CRCTC’s Year Round Tennis Business Plan;
  • $25,000 towards engineering and development costs;
  • $250,000 for capital costs;
  • facilitated tax deductible donations for individual, corporate donors, local foundations and service clubs.

Tennis New Brunswick

Tennis New Brunswick has been a strong supporter of the Abony Family Tennis Center and has provided the following:

  • $45,000 annual contribution to support the hiring of a highly qualified Tennis Director;
  • expertise in developing programming to be offered at the facility;
  • leadership in promoting the Long Term Athlete Development plan;
  • commitment to high performance and provincial programming at the center;
  • support for coaching development and training.

University of New Brunswick (UNB)

UNB provides expertise and unique opportunities to involve interns from the Sports Marketing MBA program to assist in developing and implementing a marketing strategy, interns from the Faculty of Kinesiology to assist in developing and delivering programming, and interns from the Faculty of Nursing to provide community health promotion. A variety of research opportunities exist in areas such as human performance, sport psychology, childhood obesity, family leisure and others.

A cross-marketing arrangement exists with UNB, providing students, faculty and staff with a complementary Player Card to the Abony Family Tennis Center and all Player Card holders of the Abony Family Tennis Center receive a 15% discount on UNB URec passes that includes access to the fitness and sport facilities located in the Richard J. Currie Center. access to the fitness and sport facilities located in the Richard J. Currie Center.

    Hours of Operation

    8:30am – 10:00pm
    Seven days a week

    If no courts are booked, we may close early.

    Fall Tennis

    Registration for fall programs is available.

    Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to know what's happening.

    Merchant of Tennis

    Shop for the latest tennis gear at the Merchant of Tennis while supporting our community. To ensure your order contributes to the No Child Refused fund, please use the links provided on our site.

    Click to learn more about the partnership between the AFTC and Merchant of Tennis.

    Twitter

    @abonytennis

    • Open to all. No membership. Great play opportunities for starter to advance players. Call 4572382 https://t.co/FRhTVxOZno 1 month ago
    • Cardio Tennis Class spots available: Wed/Thu eve, Fri 12pm, Sat am. 4572382 To register No tennis experience needed. ow.ly/ZiQy30ff7r4 2 months ago
    • Adult programs start next week | Still spots available in some classes | Register online or call 457-2382… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… 2 months ago

    News