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Kids hone skills at Summer of Tennis Bonanza

Coach Murray Whitbread talks about the new technique to improve tennis skills.

The next Ashleigh Barty could be discovered at the Bundaberg Junior Tennis Association's Kids’ Summer of Tennis Bonanza this week and next week.

Come n Try Holiday Fun n Games is sponsored by Tennis Australia, designed to get children from five years old on the court.

Bundaberg Junior Tennis Association’s Murray Whitbread said it’s a great way to get kids fit and active and seeing if tennis is for them.

“A start in tennis will assist in any sport,” Murray said.

“It’s great for coordination and fitness and will develop skills they can take with them whatever they do.

“And if they like it tennis is a lifelong sport – once you have tennis, you have it for life.”

Murray Whitbread with his tennis students
Murray Whitbread with the Summer of Tennis Bonanza students.

Junior classes for 5 to 12 year olds will be held from 8.30am ol 10am until Friday, 17 January and then 20-22 January at the Rotary Park Tennis Complex, 69b George St, South Bundaberg.

“These classes are specially designed for youngsters, using smaller racquets and softer balls, and we will work on coordination and building skills and confidence,” Murray said.

Advanced classes for high school students 13 to 16 years old will be held from 2.30pm to 5pm on the same days.

“We’d love to see as many kids there as possible, either for one day or for the whole season,” Murray said.

“With so much tennis on at the moment, it’s the perfect time for children to give it a go.

“All they need to bring is comfortable shoes, a sensible hat and water bottle.

“We’ll be providing all the equipment, water and even sunscreen if they need it.”

Revolutionary new technique comes to Bundaberg

An innovation at these classes is the use of a revolutionary “paddle”.

“We are using these paddles for the first time in Bundaberg,” Murray said.

“It’s teaching old-time skills through a new technique.

“The students are already synchronising racquet control to the ball and finding the sweet spot on the racquet.

“It’s great to see the improvement in players in a very short time.”

Registrations essential

Registrations for the Kids' Summer of Tennis Bonanza are essential by phoning Murray on 0407 639 824. Cost is $9 for the morning sessions and $18 for the afternoon sessions, payable on arrival.

However tennis is not just for the kids. Later this month Come and Try days will also be held for adults.

“With so much emphasis on tennis over summer, we’d love to see the whole family play,” Murray said.

o find out more and keep up to date with upcoming classes, follow the Bundaberg Junior Tennis Association Facebook page.

  • Read about more kids’ holiday activities here.

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