NAMBUCCA Heads Public, St Patrick's at Macksville and Scotts Head Primary are among 239 schools that have recently received brand new tennis racquets thanks to ANZ.
Fourteen kindergarten students from the Red School (Nambucca) and Scotts Head Public received brand new racquets, along with 42 students from St Patrick's Primary.
The students had the opportunity to explore and familiarise themselves with the racquets and engage fundamental movement skills aligned with the curriculum before taking their new gear home.
The fourth edition of the ANZ Tennis Hot Shots Racquet Roadshow had a special virtual twist this year, with ambassadors dialing into schools across NSW through video.
Students at both Nambucca and St Patrick's were lucky to have tennis legend Todd Woodbridge dial in to the schools to inspire students to pick up their new racquet and swing into action.
By December this year, 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," Woodbridge said.
"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," Tennis NSW CEO Lawrence Robertson said.
Katherine Bray, managing director Retail at ANZ, said: "We're really proud of our continued support of tennis at a grassroots level, encouraging Australians to get active and look after their well-being.
"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."