Sports-lovers will soon get some creature comforts with a new pavilion and outdoor social space built at Lalor Tennis Club.

The pavilion and outdoor space are part of a five-stage redevelopment of the long-standing club.

The $1.376 million project was predominately funded by the state government’s Growing Suburbs fund, and was recently openedby Thomastown MP Bronwyn Halfpenny and Whittlesea mayor Ricky Kirkham.

Cr Kirkham said the project was exciting for the Lalor community.

“Not only does the tennis club have much improved facilities, the community will be able to enjoy the indoor and outdoor meeting spaces,” he said.

“This project further adds to the already popular Lalor recreation reserve area, which is used by hundreds of people each week.”

The council will give $1.85 million to the club’s redevelopment, going towards lighting, a multipurpose court, six acrylic cushioned-surface tennis courts, carparking and landscaping.

Cr Kirkham said the club was one of the oldest in the district, with more than 300 members representing 22 different nationalities.

He said members have worked hard over the past 10 years to reinvigorate the membership, building strong connections in community and with local young people, people with disabilities, and Aboriginal communities.

“The future of tennis in Lalor should be secure for another 60-plus years,” he said.