Learn­ing the es­sen­tials of ten­nis

Hastings Leader - - Front Page - BY BRENDA VOWDEN brenda.vowden@nzme.co.nz

Six se­nior classes from Rau­reka Pri­mary School and three from Eb­bett Park School have been learn­ing the es­sen­tials — fore­hand, back­hand and vol­ley — to make it on the ten­nis court.

“Schools have loved it and peo­ple pass­ing by have given pos­i­tive feed­back also,” says Rau­reka Com­mu­nity Trust (RCT) trea­surer Si­mon Cowan.

This Fri­day they will have the chance to show off their skills and find the best class, Si­mon says.

Si­mon has based the Off the Box ten­nis pro­gramme on what Ten­nis Eastern and Ten­nis NZ run, teach­ing rac­quet and ball skills and es­sen­tial ten­nis strokes. Fund­ing from Te Puni Ko¯ kiri ear­marked for the Rau­reka Com­mu­nity Trust to pro­vide youth ini­tia­tives and com­mu­nity aware­ness has en­abled the hir­ing of pro­fes­sional coach Craig Giddy, with Si­mon as vol­un­teer helper, to put the classes through their paces — a les­son a week for each school for the past four weeks. The fund­ing is also en­abling a free club night to start up on Thurs­day, Septem­ber 20 in the for­mer Wes­tend Club.

“The club has passed cus­to­di­an­ship over to the Rau­reka Com­mu­nity Trust. It will be mainly for ju­niors to play games and re­ceive coach­ing sup­port. We are hope­ful the school kids from the pro­gramme will come along and use the free rac­quets and balls,” Si­mon says.

The three Oliphant Rd ten­nis courts will be split into 12 mini courts for this Fri­day’s com­pe­ti­tion — each class will play each other in a 10-minute match, stop­ping at the sound of a bell.

“Each class has one bye round where they can have a free ice­cream and sub­ject to ap­proval from the RCT trus­tees, choose an item from the koha shed on site,” Si­mon says.

There will be 12 scor­ers pre­sid­ing over the mini courts record­ing the three rally wins on the cards pro­vided.

“A key point is balls need to be hit softly to stay in play. “Swing­ing and hitting hard will put the ball out and is dan­ger­ous.”

At the end of 10 min­utes the run­ner col­lects the cards, takes them to the col­la­tor and drops off the new cards to the scor­ers.

“Af­ter round nine ev­ery­one gath­ers around the pavilion to an­nounce the win­ners and present the prizes and learn op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able for the peo­ple in Rau­reka to en­gage in their com­mu­nity,” Si­mon says.

■ Ten­nis com­pe­ti­tion, Fri­day, Septem­ber 14, 10am-noon, 809 Oliphant Rd.

Eb­bett Park School stu­dents prac­tise their ten­nis moves.

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