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



After the announcement by the President of South Africa last night, the all clear for tennis coaching has at long last been given. The coaches are now into their third month without pay so it is great news that tennis can at least re-start if only in certain areas. Social tennis at club level is still banned.

However, there are a number of conditions attached to the re start. The coaches will only be able to coach a maximum of four children at a time and no parents will be allowed to attend any session. Also after the coaching has been completed the children must return home immediately and are not allowed to stay at the courts.

It will now be a case of getting our coaches to see which of our past pupils are able to attend and then a time table will have to be worked out so as to accommodate all those who wish to return to coaching.

Unfortunately we are in the middle of a very cold period with Johannesburg experiencing some of the lowest temperatures recorded so it will be interesting to see who is brave enough to return in this weather!

Tournaments are still banned so there will be no extra tennis for the kids to participate in for the foreseeable future. These are not expected to return until September.

It is a start and good that  the Government has agreed that tennis is a non-contact sport and with certain conditions laid down, we can start to have the pupils back onto the court getting exercise and enjoying this wonderful game in the very near future.

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