READY TO PLAY: Students have received tennis racquets and are ready to hit the court.
READY TO PLAY: Students have received tennis racquets and are ready to hit the court. Fiona Hamilton

That's a lot of racquet for young tennis players

TENNIS: Pupils from Proston State School and Moffatdale State School are ready to hit the court with 19 new racquets donated to the schools.

The donation is part of ANZ Tennis Hot Shots and Tennis Australia's School Partnership Program, which aims to encourage more children to pick up a racquet and learn tennis as part of their health and physical education curriculum.

The initiative has already seen 80,000 racquets delivered since January 2015, with a further 30,000 to be delivered in 2018, bringing the total to 110,000 racquets.

Twenty-two-time Grand Slam champion Todd Woodbridge is proud of the initiative's success to date.

"The ANZ racquet initiative is a fantastic way to introduce and inspire more kids to play tennis,” Woodbridge said.

"ANZ has helped us introduce tennis to kids in schools by delivering 110,000 racquets across the country, which is an amazing achievement.

"For them to take a racquet home means that tennis is always within their reach and helps kids to develop healthy habits that keep them fit and active.”

Nationwide, more than 384,584 children played in the 2016-17 season, making the program one of Australia's most popular sport participation programs, with more than 2650 schools taking part.

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