HORSHAM Table Tennis Association has welcomed a draft sport and recreation plan that prioritises an improved hall for the association.
Horsham Rural City Council's draft Sport and Recreation Strategy 2013-2018 lists a better table tennis area as its highest priority for indoor sport.
The report found the association's home at Horsham Showground's Maydale Pavilion was 'totally inadequate'.
The association has lobbied council and state and federal governments for more than five years for a new home.
Its 100 players compete in bleak conditions in winter and sweltering temperatures in summer.
President Jeff Pekin said the pavilion, managed by Horsham Agricultural Society, also smelled of sheep year-round.
He said the association had used the pavilion since 1963.
"We don't mean any disrespect to the agricultural society members who manage the pavilion but in this day and age surely it is our turn to get some money," he said.
"People just don't want to play table tennis where it is too cold in winter, too hot in summer and smells like sheep.
"The high profile sports, like football and netball, have always got more money but table tennis is a family sport.
"But it is hard to promote it as a family sport with these bad facilities."
The draft strategy recommends a feasibility study to assess the needs of all indoor sports.
It also supports council's plan for a new multi-purpose sports centre near Horsham Basketball Stadium.
Mr Pekin urged council to commit to the feasibility study.
"If we have to be at Maydale Pavillion for another five years but at the end we have a new indoor stadium, it will be worth it," he said.
"We just want something that we can call ours after 50 years in the same building."
The draft report also found that Horsham City Oval was over-used, with plans to cut the Horsham RSL Diggers and Demons' training sessions.
The two clubs are negotiating use of the oval with Horsham Rural City Council.
Demons vice-chairman Bruce Hartigan said the proposed changes would have an immense impact on the club.
"If we were pushed from the ground for training, our home-ground advantage would be null and void," he said.
"We have put all our time, effort and money into the facility that is there."
Horsham RSL Diggers president Peter Miller said any changes to training schedules would have to be fair for both clubs.
"I do believe the ground is over-used and it deteriorates too much before the finals series," he said. "We are certainly willing to discuss any option with council ... it would be great to have another oval but it would be a big dream to get the funding."