The program will offer the first group of students at the school hourly lessons every week initially for a school term (10-11 weeks) before rotating through other students. The program will operate for a two year cycle.
Attending the launch event last week, local Federal Member for Reid, Craig Laundy MP said, “I am delighted that Lidcombe Public School has been given this wonderful opportunity by the Kids Tennis Foundation—an organisation that aims to provide every child in every disadvantaged primary school in Australia with the opportunity to play tennis. He continued, “the launch itself was great fun and a huge success, with the children fortunate enough to have Australian tennis champion and the founder of the Kids Tennis Foundation, Paul McNamee, on hand to give them some personal tips.”
The Principal of Lidcombe Public School, Matthew Lewis, said: “We are incredibly fortunate to be part of the Kids Tennis Foundation. Not only have we had Paul McNamee come from Melbourne to help launch the program here at our school this week, but also Craig Laundy, our Federal MP for Reid, has funded a tennis coach to help teach our students good tennis technique and on top of that, Auburn Tennis Centre are donating nets, balls and racquets to our school. We are indeed very fortunate.”
The tennis program at Lidcombe Public School was made possible through Hyundai Motor Company Australia’s recently established philanthropic initiative ‘Hyundai Help for Kids’, which hopes to grant close to $1.5 million this year to not-for-profit organisations supporting Australian youth under the age of 18. To date, at the completion of the program’s first half-year, over $819,195 has been raised via 50:50 Hyundai and Hyundai Dealer Network contributions made from every vehicle sold in Australia from 1st January.
The Kids Tennis Foundation was an initial grant recipient through “Hyundai Aces” at the 2014 Hyundai Hopman Cup, which saw Hyundai donate $100 for each ace scored during the competition, raising $40,000 for Kids Tennis Foundation. With the support of Hyundai Help for Kids, 4,000 clinics in 100 schools will now take place, giving underprivileged kids a meaningful introduction to the game of tennis while offering mentoring and social skills at the same time.
‘Hyundai Help for Kids’ is part of Hyundai Motor Company’s global Corporate Social Responsibility movement, called ‘Moving the World Together’, which aims to contribute to the development and welfare of local communities around the world. The Australian enterprise ‘Hyundai Help for Kids’ is a joint initiative with the Hyundai Australian Dealer Network.