GOODWOOD Primary School was on the receiving end of six brand new tennis racquets when 22-time Grand Slam champion Todd Woodbridge came to Hobart as part of the ANZ Tennis Hot Shots Racquet Roadshow.
Goodwoood Primary was among six Tasmanian partner primary schools to participate in the program, which encourages children to learn tennis as part of their health and physical education curriculum.
Mr Woodbridge said he enjoyed presenting the brand new ANZ racquets to primary students across Australia, while at the same time introducing them to the sport he loves.
“In just two-years, ANZ has helped us introduce tennis to children in schools by delivering 80,000 racquets across the country, which is an amazing achievement,” he said.
“The racquet initiative is a fantastic way to introduce and encourage more kids to play tennis and have fun, as well as help to identify the future champions of our sport.
“The School Partnership Program gives primary school students the opportunity to play tennis as part of their curriculum and to keep active and fit.”
Tennis Australia chief executive officer Craig Tiley said he “firmly believed” sports like tennis were vital to children’s health and wellbeing at a young age.
“Sport has, and continues to play, a very significant role in the lives of all Australian families and communities,” he said.
“Schools provide great opportunities for children to participate in sports, which in turn develops the physical, social and emotional skills which are critical to a child’s development.
“At Tennis Australia, we are very proud to support Australian schools and teachers in the delivery of sustainable health and physical education programs.
“Tennis values the importance of health and physical education, and the role which sports play in providing opportunities for children to be active.”
Caption: Goodwood Primary School has been gifted six brand new tennis racquets as part of the ANZ Tennis Hot Shots Racquet Roadshow. Photo credit: Tennis Australia.