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Tennis roadshow delivers 30,000 new racquets to primary school students to get them active

Tennis roadshow delivers 30,000 new racquets to primary school students to get them active
August 4, 2020

Tennis Australia’s partnership with ANZ – the ANZ Tennis Hot Shots Racquet Roadshow – will see 30,000 first year primary school students from more than 800 schools across Australia receive brand new tennis racquets as communities return to sport over the coming months, and continue to find creative ways to get active.

This initiative to introduce more children to tennis comes as reports continued to be released about declining levels of activity in children. These racquets will help get them moving at school, home and in the community.

The fourth edition of the ANZ Tennis Hot Shots Racquet Roadshow will have a virtual twist this year, with ambassadors dialling into schools across the country through video calls.

Australian tennis legends such as Todd Woodbridge and John Fitzgerald will be virtually dropping into schools to inspire students to pick up their new racquet and swing into action.

Tennis Australia advise that by December, 170,000 racquets will have been delivered to schools since 2015, thanks to ANZ.

Woodbridge notes “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.”

Tennis Australia’s Chief Tennis Officer Matt Dwyer adds “our partnership with ANZ has given 170,000 kids across Australia the opportunity to get active and enjoy playing tennis as part of a healthy lifestyle.

“After the disrupted year our kids have had, keeping them active and engaged is even more important for their overall wellbeing. ANZ has helped us put racquets in their hands, giving kids the tools they need to be creative in how they experience our sport.”

ANZ Managing Director Retail, Katherine Bray enthuses “we’re really proud of our continued support of tennis at a grassroots level, encouraging Australians to get active and look after their wellbeing.

“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.”

For further information about ANZ Tennis Hot Shots, please visit www.hotshots.tennis.com.au

Images courtesy of Tennis Australia

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