Stokes Bay receives critical funding from the Commonwealth Bank bushfire appeal.

COMMUNITY: Abi Bowden, Caleb Bowden, Sam Bowden, Isaac Bowden, Marina Gregor, Charlie Gregor and Caleb Pratt at the damaged clubrooms. Photo: Supplied
COMMUNITY: Abi Bowden, Caleb Bowden, Sam Bowden, Isaac Bowden, Marina Gregor, Charlie Gregor and Caleb Pratt at the damaged clubrooms. Photo: Supplied

Stokes Bay Tennis Club has received a critical $50,000 to rebuild the club's tennis courts, fencing and lighting that were damaged in the recent bushfires.

During the January 2020 Kangaroo Island bushfires, the Stokes Bay Tennis Club's hall and tennis courts were completely destroyed, including the club's surrounding buildings - forcing them to forfeit the remaining games in the season.

The fires burnt down the entire sports club, including the hall, kitchen and clubrooms, all of which underwent renovations in December 2019.

The club is one of two that were completely wiped out in the recent bushfires.

A $50,000 grant has been provided through the Commonwealth bank's CommBank Bushfire Recovery Grant and Bushfire Appeal.

The grant is awarded to community organisations to help them rebuild important facilities and infrastructure that were lost in the fires, the grants are one way the bank is helping the long-term recovery of impacted communities.

Stokes Bay Tennis Club spokesperson Marina Gregor said the fires devastation have impacted the entire community around the tennis club.

"Tennis has been a sport on Kangaroo Island that has really brought the community together," Gregor said.

"The devastation caused by the bushfires has not only impacted the club itself, but also our members, their families and the wider Kangaroo Island community - we all know someone who has been affected by the fires.

"CommBank's Bushfire Recovery Grant allows us to start the rebuilding phase for our club, building new tennis courts and surfaces, as well as fencing and lighting, so we can have our members back on the court sooner rather than later.

"Most people know that agriculture is one of the main industries on Kangaroo Island but the inclusion of sports, such as tennis, is just as important as it supports the mental health and wellbeing of community members.

The club is driven by its inclusive community of 50 players ranging in ages from eight to 80-years-old and prides itself on welcoming all people, ages, genders and abilities on the island.

Sally Gubbin, Commonwealth Bank's South Australian Deputy Regional General Manager Sally Gubbin said they hoped that the bushfire fund will help ease the burden of long-term recovery.

"They now face the tough task of rebuilding their homes, businesses and communities," she said.

"It feels good knowing that we're there for our communities when they need us most, knowing that we can provide this support to means a lot to our staff."