The exciting game of Padder Tennis is a great way to inspire kids to get active. It's a fun, social, and physically and mentally challenging sport for kaiako and tamariki to play and enjoy right off the bat!
Get your tamariki active & engaged.
It’s FUN and EASY to learn. Padder Tennis is the perfect way to learn the skills required for all racquet sports. We teach them the technical skills as well as the organisational skills to run tournaments and events at school and within their community.
Our vision is to see Padder Tennis grow to be a playground sport, providing easy, active opportunities for tamariki to be active at break times and before/after school. Ultimately, we aim to encourage participation and competition in the hopes that this will translate to more youth partaking at club and high-performance level tennis.
Why Play Padder Tennis?
The Padder Tennis in schools programme is accessible & fun whatever the skill level. It’s a fast game with shorter rallies and more exciting volley to volley combat.
Sport and tennis in particular, is a metaphor for life's ups and downs, failures and victories. Our school programme teaches resilience, inclusion, team work, respect and organisational skills.
Kids will make healthy connections with other players giving them a greater chance of keeping these people as long term friends.
By empowering the kids with the skills to set up their own tournaments and facilitate the games, kids will benefit from developing a team mentality and effective management of their own games
What Teachers & Kids Say
"Padder Tennis is close to being our all-time favourite game at Halcombe School. Kids bring their own homemade bats to school and the break time battles are epic! We also have an inter-house competition where the senior students battle it out. Lots of staff play too!!”
Di - Fielding, Manawatu
New Zealand's first Padder Tennis in Schools Programme
We are a nationwide educational sports-based programme offered to schools and meet curriculum standards within the Health and PE curriculum.
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