It’s hard to select which sports program to enrol our kids in, the choices are endless but the time and money required isn’t. I want something that is fun, social and teaches my kids valuable life skills.
After looking at the various options, the ANZ Tennis Hot Shots program is my pick of the bunch. Not only is tennis enjoyable and healthy, it teaches kids the importance of teamwork, and flexibility. It’s also an inclusive sport with no age barrier. That means my kids can play it beyond their childhood years, we can play together as a family and one day, my little ones might find themselves returning serve to their own kids while I act as a geriatric ball girl.
Here are some of the many reasons I’ll be enrolling my kids into the ANZ Tennis Hot Shots program.
1. It’s fun and makes tennis easy to learn.
Most importantly, tennis is fun and ANZ Tennis Hot Shots makes it easy and enjoyable to learn. Lighter racquets, lower bouncing balls and smaller nets mean kids can play a real game of tennis from as young as five-years-old.
Specialised coaching methods and smaller courts are designed to suit the age, skills and needs of each child and focus on learning through play from the very beginning.
Specialised coaching methods and smaller courts mean a better experience for your kids. Image: iStock.
2. It encourages a healthy lifestyle.
In a world where we are more tuned into technology than ever before, it takes a concerted effort to keep healthy and fit. Playing tennis is an awesome workout and sets kids up for a lifetime of healthy habits.
Tennis improves hand-eye coordination and builds muscle strength, agility and flexibility while increasing reaction times. It’s also a non-contact sport which means there is less chance of your child ending up with a pack of frozen peas on their forehead post practice.
3. It takes teamwork.
My husband grew up in a tennis mad family; there is even a tennis reserve named after his grandfather in a Victorian country town. When I asked him what he learned from all his years of playing tennis his first response was, “teamwork”. A lot of people view tennis as a solitary sport but it’s so much more than that.
The ANZ Tennis Hot Shots program teaches kids in groups based on their age and capability encouraging kids to make new friends as they gain new skills. Playing doubles requires a close partnership and communication between team mates and mixed doubles gives kids the opportunity to play with children of the opposite gender, which isn’t possible with a lot of other sports.
Tennis is so much more than a solo sport. Image: iStock.
4. Tennis teaches kids life skills.
Along with getting kids outside and active, tennis also teaches kids skills they will use for the rest of their life. Social skills, self-confidence and learning to follow and play by the rules are just as important as physical development, agility, flexibility, balance and speed. As they move through the ANZ Tennis Hot Shots program they’ll also learn resilience, problem solving, and dealing with playing in different conditions.
5. It’s a sport the whole family can play.
Unlike a lot of other sports, tennis can be enjoyed at all ages so it’s a sport the whole family can play together. It doesn’t matter if you’re super unco and unfit, it’s all about giving it a crack and having fun.
Playing doubles as a family is a fantastic way for parents to spend time with their kids and after enrolling in the ANZ Tennis Hot Shots program, the kids will no doubt be able to teach their folks a thing or two.
A sport for the whole family. Image: Giphy.com
If you’re stuck trying to select a sports activity for your child, give tennis a go. Kids from five to 11 will love the ANZ Tennis Hot Shots program and you’ll find yourself losing to them in no time.
What have your kids learned from tennis?
ANZ Tennis Hot Shots is a Tennis Australia program just for kids. Smaller courts, lighter racquets and lower bouncing balls make learning tennis fun and easy. ANZ Tennis Hot Shots coaching sessions are run by qualified coaches across the country. They’re run in small groups where kids are introduced to a sport that they can play for life. There are four stages of ANZ Tennis Hot Shots each using different equipment, court sizes and game rules appropriate to the child’s age and skill level. ANZ Tennis Hot Shots is available at over 2,500 venues across Australia. Visit hotshots.tennis.com.au to find your closest venue.