Upper Hunter youngsters enjoy variety of school holiday activities

THE school holidays are almost over but that hasn’t stopped hundreds of children from enjoying the many activities on offer in the Upper Hunter Shire.

Arts and crafts entertained youngsters at the local libraries, while gymnastics, athletics, tennis and netball took place at Murrurundi and Scone.

A Blow Up Bonanza, which featured a screening of Big Friendly Giant, ensured no-one missed the fun at Merriwa either.

For professional coach Dean Trembath, he was delighted with the response at the annual tennis camp.

“We’ve had about 50 children on deck this week,” he said.

“I’m really happy with that number.

“There were a lot of new kids this time, which is great.

“The camp featured stroke lessons, like backhand and forehand, as well as a couple of game sessions.

“We wrapped up with a tournament on the Friday and prizes, which were supplied by Babolat.

“It was also pleasing to work alongside local assistants like Liam Wallace, who’ll be looking after the Scone Hot Shots program next month.” 

Trembath said he’d noticed a resurgence in tennis in recent times.

“While it’s great to see the Aussie players do well in tournaments, and the Davis Cup, the country clubs are working harder to attract younger kids,” he explained.

“For instance, the Scone Hardcourt Tennis Association promotes the sport a lot better on a local level.

“The Upper Hunter boasted a strong reputation [as a talent nursery] many years ago.

“And, I feel it’s starting to make a comeback.”