Littlies’ free racquets a hit
“WOW I’ve been waiting for this forever,” said Mossman Prep student Greg.
He is one of 29 children to receive a free tennis racquet as part of the ANZ Tennis Hot Shots and Tennis Australia’s School Partnership program.
Michelle Teasdale, health and physical education teacher at Mossman State School, said the program is great.
“It’s a fun, modified program which aims for maximum participation so students are kept constantly active and engaged,” she said.
“This program uses softer balls and smaller racquets and is aimed at having fun while improving skills and teaching kids about the rules.
“Our Mossman Prep students were so excited to receive their new racquets and have a play with them during their lesson.
“We will be teaching tennis at school in the lead up to the Red Ball Tennis Competition next term and this gives them the perfect opportunity to start hitting some tennis balls at home.”
The Douglas School District will host a Red Ball Tennis Competition at the end of term where the winner and runner up teams will progress to Cairns and compete against other district teams, with a chance to go to Brisbane.
Twenty-two time Grand Slam champion Todd Woodbridge is proud of the initiative success to date.
“The ANZ racquet initiative is a fantastic way to introduce and inspire more kids to play tennis,” Woodbridge said.
“For them to take a racquet home means tennis is always within their reach and helps kids to develop healthy habits that keep them fit and active.”
ANZ’s support to the program has already allowed 80,000 racquets to be delivered since January 2015 and a further 30,000 will be handed out to schools this year.
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Prep students Brooklyn, Zahlia and Iziah from Mossman State School are excited to receive their tennis racquets from the ANZ Hot Shots program