Hot­shots of­fer­ing kids chance to warm to ten­nis

The Leader (Nelson) - - YOUR HEALTH -

Ten­nis Hot Shots in schools pro­gramme and ‘‘Have a Go’’ open day is a great way of get­ting chil­dren ready for the sum­mer ten­nis sea­son.

Ten­nis Hot Shots has taken New Zealand by storm, the pro­gramme is rev­o­lu­tion­is­ing ju­nior ten­nis.

It in­volves us­ing smaller courts, lighter rac­quets and low­com­pres­sion balls that do not bounce too high.

This makes learn­ing ten­nis fun and easy for pri­mary school-aged chil­dren and en­ables them to start ral­ly­ing and hav­ing fun right from their first les­son.

The Ten­nis Hot Shots in schools pro­gramme is in its third year in our re­gion, with 37 pri­mary schools tak­ing part this term.

From be­ing part of this pro­gramme schools are able to link into coach­ing pro­grammes, an in­ter-school league and join in with the an­nual ‘‘Have a Go’’ open day across all clubs in the re­gion.

Each school re­ceives an hour of free coach­ing at their lo­cal club on Septem­ber 23, an ideal way to fin­ish off the Ten­nis Hot Shots schools pro­gramme and get ready for the ten­nis sea­son.

Eleven clubs open their doors and their courts to school chil­dren and their fam­i­lies of­fer­ing them the chance to join in a ses­sion ded­i­cated to their school.

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