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

DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM RECOMMENCES

DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM RECOMMENCES

With the Government having reduced the pandemic  down to Level 3, and also allowed coaches to return to work albeit on a limited scale, we have been able to recommence the development program at Vosloorus.

In terms of the Government regulations, coaches can now coach groups of eight pupils at a time having initially stated that only groups of four could be accommodated. So at least we can now have two courts being utilized at any one time. There has been a roster situation implemented after first having canvassed those children who wanted to return to the program.  The numbers are small but bear in mind we are still in the grip of winter and add to that a cold front swept across this region over the past few days.

Tennis SA have allowed  mini tournaments to take place in September but only allowing children from within that region to participate and no travel to other regions within the Province is allowed. We will be supporting the event to be held by Gauteng East Tennis Association over the first two weekends in September and then there will be a smaller event for non-tournament players on 24 September when we will be able to send around 8 players to play. This is an opportunity for us to enter those who have not had any or very little tournament experience to gain an insight into tournament play.

Kenton on Sea development program will recommence in early September so shortly we will have both our programmes up and running. It has been a long time with the coaches not being able to earn a living wage and just as importantly, for the children to have the benefit of the experience and exercise associated with these two programmes.

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