Ungarra courts receive a $170,000 upgrade

Ungarra and Districts Community Sports Club has become the first in South Australia to have a new type of floating matting installed.

The $170,000 project went ahead after the club received a $116,000 grant from the state government's Sporting Surfaces Program in February last year.

The club's court subcommittee chairman Ben Pugsley said the month long upgrades finished in January.

"We're the first in the state to have this type of matting installed," he said.

"It's exciting to be the first place to have a cushioned surface and be leading the way."

Mr Puglsey said the new matting and the bright blue paint gave the courts a fresh look and well needed upgrade after about 15 years.

Before the upgrades there were cracks in the concrete that created an uneven surface and needed to be repaired.

The uneven surface was leveled out and the concrete cracks were filled, before the rubber and fibre glass floating mat was laid over the top, sealed, the edges glued down and painted.

"We are convinced this has stopped us from having to replace the concrete base," Mr Puglsey said.

"The tennis club has been playing on it since January and are loving it, they commented that it was cushioning, a grippier surface and the ball moved more on certain shots."

Mr Pugsley said theoretically the new matting meant if there was a tear in the court or another crack formed they could just remove a panel of the matting to fix the issue.

The Ungarra Netball Club gave $10,000 to the project and the combined sporting clubs covered the remaining balance.