The Bundaberg and District Junior Tennis Association (BDJTA) is serving up some fun at its upcoming free family open day, including introducing visitors to POP tennis.
The free event takes place at the tennis complex in George Street on Sunday 22 October from 2 to 4.30 pm with POP tennis and games, a bouncy castle and slide, face painting and a sausage sizzle as well as lucky door prizes and giveaways.
Supported through the Bundaberg Regional Council Community Services grants program, the event is not just for tennis enthusiasts but for any community members looking to enjoy a fun afternoon out.
BDJTA President Murray Whitbread said the association took great satisfaction in being able to ‘serve the community’ with an afternoon of fun and promote a healthy lifestyle.
“Families who ‘play together, bond together’ with each game building special moments and fighting against a sedentary lifestyle,” Murray said.
“Studies also show that the face-to-face social aspect of tennis boosts mental health by reducing the risk of depression, particularly among older adults.”
Murray said visitors would be welcome to have a go at POP tennis, a sport growing so popular that he believed there would be more courts popping up within a few years.
“POP tennis is a fun sport for all ages and levels that newcomers can pick up very quickly,” he said.
“It packs all the punch of a traditional tennis game, just on a smaller scale.
“POP tennis is currently taking the world by storm because it is such an easy sport to learn for any age and ability.
“It has incredible benefits including better balance and agility and cardiovascular fitness.
“It is also super social [and] people leave the courts smiling and asking how soon they can play again.”
Sports and Recreation portfolio spokesperson Cr Vince Habermann said the BDJTA family open day aimed to help bring the community together to promote social interaction and a healthy lifestyle through the benefits of sport.
“Events like these not only introduce community members to sports they may not have considered before but also encourage families to spend time together,” Cr Habermann said.
“There is so much on offer that there will be something for everyone to enjoy with the double benefit of having fun while staying active.”
BDJTA Free Family Open Day
When: Sunday 22 October, 2pm to 4.30pm
Where: Rotary Park Tennis Complex, 69b George Street
For more information visit the BDJTA Facebook page here.