Welcome to the National Bank Play Your Court Program
Thanks to the generosity and support of National Bank, local communities across the country can apply to receive funding to revitalize their outdoor community tennis courts.
In August 2022, National Bank and Tennis Canada joined forces to officially launch the program, aiming to make tennis more accessible for all Canadians.
There is a growing demand for tennis and a need to update many outdoor community courts. The program’s focus is to work with municipalities to give new life to community courts that already exist.
“We’re excited about this new initiative with our long-time partner Tennis Canada. The revitalization of public courts will have a significant positive impact in many communities across the country and will allow thousands of tennis enthusiasts to benefit from quality facilities in their neighbourhoods. We’re convinced that providing an inviting environment will also encourage many new players to take up the sport and enjoy its benefits,” said Jean-François Hanczakowski, Senior Vice-President, Client Experience and Digital at National Bank.
This much-needed initiative, a first of its kind in Canada, will provide $3 million in funding for municipalities to revitalize outdoor tennis courts across the country – with a goal of over 100 revitalized courts by 2030.
Municipalities are encouraged and welcome to apply for funding through an application managed by Tennis Canada. Details of the application criteria and eligibility will be published this fall.
We know that there is a growing demand for tennis and a need to update many outdoor community courts. The program’s focus is to work with municipalities to give new life to community courts that already exist.
We invite municipalities to apply for funding.
The revision of applications begins October 2022. The selection process is managed by Tennis Canada and includes a diverse, knowledgeable, third-party selection committee.
If you are interested to get more information and to see if your outdoor courts are eligible, please fill out this form.
About our Program sponsor: National Bank
The program is part of a 10-year partnership between Tennis Canada and National Bank that was announced in February 2021. Elements of this corporate partnership, considered the largest in the history of the sport in Canada, include multifaceted sponsorships of the National Bank Open tournaments in Toronto and Montreal, National Bank Challenger Tour and regional events.
It also features support of provincial tennis associations and the Tennis Professionals Association (TPA), a long-term gender equity strategy, and the popular National Bank Little Aces talent recruitment and development program.
National Bank Play your court program is a cornerstone program for National Bank based on the value of tennis as a sport, accessible and inclusive for all Canadians – one that brings people together, and creates strong, healthy, unified communities.
To learn more about National Bank’s commitment to tennis, click here.
We aim to revitalize more than 100 courts by 2030.
We’ve started a first project – our model project – with the City of Brampton. The project comprises four courts and is expected to be completed by the fall of this year.
The courts are located at Morris Kerbel Park, in Brampton, Ontario.
The application revision process will open in October. We look forward to partnering with many municipalities and invite them to submit their application early. Interested municipalities are invited to apply at tenniscanada.com/playyourcourt
The application must provide information on the tennis participation that exists in that community. We’ll be considering both the need and the drive for new courts.
We’re in the process of forming a panel to review applications.
Details of the application criteria and eligibility will be published this fall at tenniscanada.com/playyourcourt.
Final details on eligibility will be announced this fall. But they will need to include a demonstratable level of investment from the local community/municipality.
Funding for this program is established at three million dollars (2022-2030).
From development programs to coach support to tournament sponsorships, National Bank believes in the value of tennis to the physical, mental and social well-being of our communities.
Partners since 2005, National Bank and Tennis Canada began a new era in their partnership last February (2021), with a new 10-year agreement. Elements of this new partnership, considered the largest in the history of the sport in Canada, includes:
- multifaceted sponsorships of the National Bank Open in Toronto and Montreal
- National Bank Challenger Tour and regional events
- support of provincial tennis associations
- support of the Tennis Professionals Association (TPA)
- a long-term gender equity strategy (incl. Girls. Set. Match)
- Youth tennis, particularly the popular National Bank Little Aces talent recruitment and development program.
Municipalities own the largest inventory of outdoor court infrastructure across the country. They have indicated they do their best to maintain their existing court infrastructure, but budget pressures may impact their ability to keep all their outdoor courts at the quality they would like. This is why we would like to partner with municipalities. If there are third-party operators leasing publicly accessible outdoor courts, we would also look at partnering with those operators (such as local community tennis clubs) as long as the municipality provides approval to do so.