YOUNG tennis stars at Kendall Public School received brand new racquets with on-court legend Todd Woodbridge dropping in virtually to deliver the great news.
Kindergarten students received the new racquets on Monday (September 14) as a part of the Racquet Roadshow and thanks to ANZ.
The students have had the opportunity to explore and familiarise themselves with the racquet and engage fundamental movement skills aligned with the curriculum before they take the racquets home.
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," Australian tennis legend Todd Woodbridge said.
"The ANZ Racquet Roadshow is giving young kids across schools in NSW the opportunity to get active and lead a healthy lifestyle."
Wendy Hudson and the students were thankful for the opportunity to meet the tennis great.
"What an awesome morning for some of our club juniors at Kendall Public School," Wendy said.
"Todd Woodbridge zoomed in to present kindy kids with some ANZ Hot Shot racquets, while some of our A Grade and Green Ball juniors got to ask Todd some questions.
"He talked about his tennis career and showed his Wimbledon and Davis Cup trophies, as well as his gold and silver Olympic medals."
Tennis NSW CEO Lawrence Robertson said tennis is a sport that can be played for life.
"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," Mr Robertson said.
Katherine Bray, managing director Retail at ANZ, said over the past five years the 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.