Hot Shots proves popular

LEARNING ABOUT TENNIS: Olivia and Oliver Yarrow enjoy taking part in the Hot Shots Tennis program.
LEARNING ABOUT TENNIS: Olivia and Oliver Yarrow enjoy taking part in the Hot Shots Tennis program.

Learning about tennis in a fun environment is proving popular with children. The Hot Shots Tennis program, being run in Port Pirie, teaches the sport's fundamental skills to children.

After being held at the tennis centre in terms three and four, the program moved to St Mark's College's stadium in term one thanks to a community grant received from Port Pirie Regional Council. 

Hot Shots coach, Grant Hanlon, said the emphasis was delivering training in smaller groups.

"Parents are actively involved," he said. "The support from them is fantastic. "It's a program that relies on extra helpers."

Hanlon said if children participated in massive groups it would impact their development. "The program is better in small groups with parents and families," he said.

Hanlon then conducts the instructing in between.

"The children are motivated because they get success straight away," he said, highlighting the less competitive nature of the program. "The activities are all transgression based."

Hanlon thanked council, St Mark's College and the Port Pirie and Districts Tennis Association for their support. While the latest Hot Shots season ends soon, it will restart from term three later this year.