Sport is a great uniform of life - it takes us out of our everyday existence, brings us all together on a "level playing field" and shows us the opportunities we can mould for ourselves through application.
By focusing our attention on less advantaged communities, the IC’s Philanthropy Programme
hopes to give those children an alternative focus to the streets and their inherent dangers of drugs, crime and negative peer pressure. Through tennis, and the dedication and structure it provides, we hope the children in our projects will learn basics such as commitment, self-esteem, respect for fellow players, physical fitness, the benefit of nutrition and how to play by the rules of fairness - all wrapped-up in an overall feeling of fun and enjoyment.
The IC’s first charitable development programme was co-organized in Burundi by the IC of Luxembourgin 2009 with Sport Sans Frontières and the ITF.
IC are currently running three sustainable development programmes. Each programme is monitored by a different national IC:
· in Ethiopian Kids by the IC of Germany in Ethiopia
· in León, Mexico by the IC of Mexico
· and our very own Vosloorus Project by the IC of South Africa
Our activities are in line with the modern IC’s Mission Statement which includes : “promoting the growth of tennis by, among other things, encouraging participation of the young and the less advantaged”. Vosloorus provides the IC SA with a perfect opportunity to put something back into the game which has given us so much.
We hope that for some this opportunity could be life-changing!
Please watch this little movie about this exciting project: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AX1ojCU6DGg&feature=youtu.be
Involvement in a programme such as this allows them to make new friends, learn how to follow rules, achieve personal goals, improve their self-esteem and stay off the streets.
Click on the below links for the updates:
Vosloorus Report May 2011
Vosloorus Report October 2011
Vosloorus Report May 2012
Vosloorus Report October 2012
Children from the Vosloorus Development Programme with teachers and Leonie and Doug
Teachers and children from the Vosloorus Development Programme
Unloading the new equipment
Development players at the IC Africa Junior Challenge Sept 2011