Twenty students from Telegraph Point Public School had an ace day when they were all given brand new ANZ Hot Shots racquets as a part of the Racquet Roadshow.
They are among 30,000 first year primary school students from more than 800 schools across Australia will be receiving brand new tennis racquets, as communities return to sport over the coming months.
The students will have the opportunity to explore and familiarise themselves with the racquet and engage fundamental movement skills aligned with the curriculum before taking their racquets home.
The fourth edition of the ANZ Tennis Hot Shots Racquet Roadshow will have a virtual twist this year, with ambassadors dialing into schools across New South Wales through video.
Tennis legend Todd Woodbridge dialled into Telegraph Point school to inspire students to pick up their new racquet and swing into action.
By December 2020, 170,000 racquets will have been delivered to schools since 2015, thanks to ANZ.
This initiative to introduce more kids to tennis comes as reports continue to be released about declining levels of activity in children. These racquets will help get kids moving at school, home and in the community, as a sport they can play for life.
"There are so many skills that kids can develop at a young age by playing tennis, regardless of whether that's on the court, in their backyard or even in their lounge room," said Australian tennis legend Todd Woodbridge.
"The ANZ Racquet Roadshow is giving young kids across schools in NSW the opportunity to get active and lead a healthy lifestyle. Tennis is a sport that can be played for life, and educating these children from a young age on the benefits of playing sport and the opportunities it can give you is so important to us at Tennis NSW", said Tennis NSW CEO Lawrence Robertson.
"We're really proud of our continued support of tennis at a grassroots level, encouraging Australians to get active and look after their wellbeing," said Katherine Bray, Managing Director Retail at ANZ.
"Over the past five years this partnership with Tennis Australia has delivered racquets to thousands of communities across the country, helping young kids to get involved in community sports like tennis."