Vosloorus Project

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 Luxembourg in 2009 with Sport Sans Frontières and the ITF.  The IC Philanthropy committee is currently supporting 10 socially uplifting programmes.   Each programme is administered by one of the IC member countries.  Please click here to find out more.

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”. Our projects in Vosloorus (near Johannesburg) and Kenton-on-Sea (near Port Elizabeth) provide the IC SA with perfect opportunities to put something back into the game which has given us so much.

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.

We hope that for some this opportunity could be life-changing!

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Philanthropy News



Following the success of the June 1 doubles tournament, Desire Wilson and Gauteng East staged a singles tournament on 22 June which attracted over 150 children of all ages and standards.

For the first time they included a red ball fun event for the younger players which in itself saw 48 children from age 5 to 8 playing and experiencing a little bit of tournament playing for the first time. We entered two into that event, Keamogetswe Musi and Oratile Mathadira. So two more of our development players have been introduced to tournament play.

It is through events such as these that the seed of wanting to go further in the game will nurture. In time they will look back on these early tournaments as the breeding ground for taking part in the major junior events in the country and hopefully for some, playing competitively overseas.

In the main events we entered Sanele Saul and Thabang Malatsi in the boys and Kgomotso Santos and Kgomotso Mabote in the girls. We then added two further 11 year old boys and girls to give them their first taste of tournament play. All four have shown promise during their training at Vosloorus and the time was right to start them on the journey to playing on a more competitive stage. They were Sepho Mniki and Wandile Tshabalala in the boys and Thando Nkosi and Philsiwe Mkwanazi.