Municipal Tennis Facility Proposal April 2006 Overview of KATCH Initiatives Organized Tennis in Keller
Seeing the growing popularity of tennis in Northeast Tarrant County and in the Keller community, in the Summer of 2000, a small group of men and women began discussing the needs of tennis enthusiasts in the community.
area players to play on KISD courts while our contract with KPR helps
advertise, accept registrations and assist with events
As the grassroots effort continues to grow and expand, it became necessary to formalize the organization. The group is chartered in the state of Texas. KATCH, Keller Alliance Tennis Charter was established January 30, 2002. KATCH established a governing body, formulated by-laws and now holds monthly meetings to plan leagues and events.
and continues to apply for funding in the form of grants and
incentives to grow the game of tennis in the Keller area
and Swim Club and Tough Tennis, hosts a community play day in
order to introduce the community (young and old) to tennis. A
large turnout indicated a significant interest in tennis
In spite of the lack of facilities, KATCH continues to expand program offerings and bring new players to the sport.
Tennis was off and running in Keller, but several issues hindered the growth and KATCH’s ability to compete with the organized programs offered in the surrounding areas.
which offers sub-standard conditions
is one of the fastest growing sports in the nation. Over 1.1 million
new players joined tennis enthusiasts on the court in 2005
Many industry indicators show a steady increase in the participation in the sport and demonstrate the popularity of tennis.
with 80 percent of players continuing with the sport in
2005 (vs. 74 percent in 2004)
With record breaking participation in Texas, Ken McAllister, Executive Director of the USTA Texas Section boasts that Texas tennis numbers are “statistically rocking”.
While the growth in tennis in the US and Texas are remarkable, we are not to be outdone! Northeast Tarrant County has been one of the fastest growing tennis populations in the state of Texas
tournaments brought approximately 100 players per event and
now exceed 400 players
involved in tennis and a population in the Greater Keller Area
of 112,900, nearly 10,000 individuals can be expected to be
involved in tennis each year
Along with growth of tennis in Northeast Tarrant County, Keller has also been consistently adding new players to its community.
The chart below identifies the players residing in the Keller area that are active tennis participants. It is remarkable how many players reside in the Keller area that must go elsewhere for organized tennis programming.
Area Active Tennis Players
Area City # Players
Greater Keller Area Keller, North Ft Worth, Watauga, Haslet 963
Roanoke, Trophy Club, Westlake 150
Neighboring Towns Southlake 484
Hurst, Euless Bedford 221
North Richland Hills 221
The unfortunate reality…an increasingly large number of our residents are taking their tennis and their money to communities other than Keller. The average tennis player spends money on
The reverse is obviously also true. When there is a tennis facility within a community all of these monies remain in the community.
Additionally, events hosted by the facility, such as adult or junior tournaments, bring not only the local players in, but also players from around the state. A study by the USTA reports that an average of $83 per player per day is brought to the local community for an adult event and $290.50 per family for a junior event.
An example of how tennis brings supplemental revenue to a city can be seen when reviewing a few events hosted at the Arlington Tennis Center in 2004.
junior players accompanied by their families, supplemented the
city’s revenue with $177,205
It is not accidental that the new facilities being built in North Texas are professionally manned and full service facilities. With proper accoutrements and professional staffs, these facilities are quick to flourish. The facility should incorporate:
Tournaments, Champs, Super Champs, USTA Sanctioned Events, Community
Play Days, Tennis Carnivals, Fundraising Events to Benefit Local Charities
Equipment, Training, Competition
Tennis is clearly a sport that caters to the general population. It offers fun and fitness to people of all ages, from 4 to 94. Its growth in popularity can be seen all the way to the local level.
Keller boasts a truly active and growing tennis community that desperately needs a professionally manned, full service tennis facility. There is no question that a tennis facility in this area would be utilized to capacity. The evidence of established players within our community and the constrained growth throughout Northeast Tarrrant County would bring an immediate influx of tennis enthusiasts to the facility.
We urge you to enhance our city’s already impressive park system and recreational programming with a premiere tennis facility. We respectfully ask the Park and Recreation Board to:
to fund this facility