More than 300 thousand children involved throughout Italy
More than 300 thousand children involved throughout Italy and a spectacular finale, in Piedmont, connected to the Nitto ATP Finals in Turin. The project “Rackets in class” found its apotheosis right on the eve of the start of the Masters’ Tournament, with the final day bringing together around four thousand enthusiastic boys and girls at the Pala Gianni Asti. In Piedmont alone, as many as 60 thousand children were involved, demonstrating how important the Turin event is. The idea is always to entertain, to introduce people to the practice of sports, both tennis and table tennis, taking advantage of the support of the initiative of Kinder Joy of Moving, partner of the Italian Tennis and Padel Federation.
A real celebration for a project that began years ago and today is capable of being among the pillars of the movement’s growth. The educational path to introduce racquet sports (tennis, table tennis, padel and beach tennis) also involved tens of thousands of pupils throughout Italy in 2023 and was aimed at primary and secondary schools. In addition to the respective sports federations, Italian Tennis and Padel Federation (FITP) and Italian Table Tennis Federation (FITET), the project was supported by the Ministry of Education and Merit (MIUR) and supported by Ferrero with Kinder Joy of Moving, a front-line partner of the project.
During the closing day at PalaRuffinia brief institutional moment was also held with the participation of FITP federal councilors Pierangelo Frigerio And Donato Calabreseof the president of the Italian Table Tennis Federation Renato Di Napoliof the councilor for sport, major events, tourism and leisure of the City of Turin Domenico Carretta and the testimonial of the project Rita Grande. Since its inception in 2014, the “Racchette in Classe” project has brought tennis (and not only) to schools throughout Italy, promoting the sport among thousands and thousands of young people. With an investment in 2023 by FITP of approximately 6 million euros, including educational kits, contributions to affiliates and scholarships. Racquets in the classroom is an ambitious project, which involves all three schools in terms of order and grade, and has the main objective of making racket disciplines even more popular