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!

Please watch the videos about our existing projects.

Vosloorus

Kenton-on-Sea

Philanthropy News

CLINIC HELD FOR TOWNSHIP CHILDREN DURING JUNIOR CHALLENGE

CLINIC HELD FOR TOWNSHIP CHILDREN DURING JUNIOR CHALLENGE

We were able to organize a clinic for children in the four Townships in and around Benoni where the IC Rod Laver junior challenge was being held.

We invited children from Daveyton, Tembisa, Katlehong and Vosloorus to attend along with their coaches and 35 in all took part.  For the little ones and those just starting out, we had four Play and Stay courts going throughout the day. For the more advanced children they were put through physical training exercises followed by coaching and then doing more drills.

To add to the occasion we managed to get some of the coaches to the teams taking part in the junior challenge as well as some of the players to assist and this aspect really meant a lot to the players who could see the advances that are taking place within our development programme.

Lunch was kindly supplied by Nandos (chicken and chips) and in the evening we hosted a braai for both the Development kids and the players and coaches.

The enthusiasm shown by the children, especially the younger ones, was a joy to see and at times we wondered if we could ever get them off the court!! Some showed remarkable skill for such a young age and it gives us a lot of hope for the future. As we said during the day “The Next Gen looks promising here.” With the right coaching and plans in place for their progress, then these young players could be gracing a bigger stage of tennis court in the years to come.

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