HORSHAM Table Tennis Association has welcomed community support for a new multi-use sport venue.
The association called for people to make public submissions to Horsham Rural City Council's draft Sport and Recreation Strategy 2013-2018.
The strategy lists a better table tennis area as its highest priority for indoor sport.
The report also found the association's home at Horsham Showground's Maydale Pavilion was 'totally inadequate'.
The association's 100 players compete in bleak conditions in winter and sweltering temperatures in summer, often surrounded by traces of sheep and other livestock.
President Jeff Pekin said the response from the community had been overwhelming.
"We have had many people indicate that they have, or will, send letters of support to Horsham Rural City Council, the Wimmera Mail-Times and Hugh Delahunty," he said.
"We have received many responses similar to the letter we received from Glenn Tepper."
Mr Pekin said the association was pleased with the community support.
He said he had also received support from people who were not associated with table tennis.
Public submissions to the Horsham Rural City Council Sport and Recreation Strategy close today.
"Obviously, people can still send comments to council and Hugh Delahunty at any time," Mr Pekin said.
"Whether they will be taken into account or not is another thing."
Mr Pekin said the support showed that the people of Horsham believed there was a need for a better venue.
"People want a multi-purpose venue in Horsham, not only for the table tennis association but for other groups,'' he said.
"For example the U3A play table tennis on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings but they can't do anything at the moment because of Horsham Show and then there will be a sheep sale.
"This issue affects everyone and there are many different stakeholders who have the potential to use a new stadium."
Mr Pekin said he had only had discussions with a few Horsham councillors.
"I have had positive feedback from them, but until the strategy is adopted, I can never feel that confident," he said.
"The strategy involves indoor sport and other recreational activities around Horsham, but it also involves the swimming pool and I believe that there is an overwhelming majority of people who don't want to see the pool demolished.
"We hope council can look at the big picture, adopt the strategy and then be able to work through the different recommendations."
Mr Pekin said council had an opportunity to change sporting opportunities for young people in the area.
"Young people who want to play volleyball or badminton would be able to play in a modern venue," he said.
"We are so close to achieving this dream and we need to do this for the next generation or it will never happen."
He said there were also opportunities for the Horsham Show to be involved in a new sports venue.
"I don't mean any disrespect to Horsham Agricultural Society we want them to be part of the future," he said.
"An indoor venue could provide for them as well down the track they could have cake decorating or craft in there things that don't have to be associated with the shearing of animals."
International Table Tennis Federation deputy chief executive Glenn Tepper, formerly of Murtoa, has supported moves for a multi-use sports stadium in Horsham and has promised new equipment and coaching if council provides a new venue.