8 November 2017 | Tennis ACT

Holy Family Primary School will represent the ACT as they compete against the top schools from across NSW at the Todd Woodbridge Cup to be played at Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre on Thursday November 9.

Holy Family progressed to the Todd Woodbridge Cup after taking out the ACT State Final in September, beating out 13 other schools.

Holy Family will compete against 19 schools from across NSW, who have progressed after winning through regional events.  Over 300 schools from across NSW and ACT have participated in the competition which is open to Year 3 and 4 students and is played on smaller modified courts suitable for red modified balls.  The competition is designed to encourage grass-roots tennis participation in schools and encourage a healthy and active lifestyle among children.

Anne Potter, Sports Coordinator at Holy Family said the children are a thrilled to be playing for the Todd Woodbridge Cup and have been busy preparing for the competition.

“They are super excited, they’ve been counting the days down, and they can’t wait to get up there.  We’ve had a few training sessions at recess and lunch time and we have an elective sports program at the moment and many of them have chosen tennis as their sport and they have been training with our coach [Robert Jamieson].”

Tennis is thriving at Holy Primary and the Todd Woodbridge Cup has generated a lot of interest.

“We’ve had tennis clinics from Kinder to year 4 and they all went through a five week program, on top of that, we’ve had an elective sports program which goes for 5 weeks for Years 3-6.  It’s definitely got a much higher profile than we’ve had in the past, and with this tennis competition it’s really drummed up a lot of interest and I know quite a few children have picked up tennis as an after school sport,” Potter added.

Tennis NSW School Development Coordinator, Nicole Shanahan is pleased with how the competition has developed and credits the hard work of teachers for its success.

“The Todd Woodbridge Cup has successfully grown over the past 2 years with the dedicated support of our NSW and ACT teachers.  This red ball competition provides the opportunity for Year 3 and 4 students to play tennis, be part of a team and represent their school”