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

FIRST FRIENDLY FOR VOSLOORUS CHILDREN

FIRST FRIENDLY FOR VOSLOORUS CHILDREN

In a continuing attempt to give the children form the development program at Vosloorus different training and competition they played a friendly match against Janet Jooste Tennis Academy in Alberton which is close to Vosloorus. Both teams fielded ten players of both boys and girls.

Janet has a thriving academy at the club and she readily agreed that we should hold such a morning. In trying to “mix and match” the players from both teams we managed to take some of our top players as well as though who had benefitted from the one day tournaments staged by Gauteng East during last year. We also managed to get a number of 10 and 12 year olds involved even if their tournament experience was limited.

At the top end our two top boys had good tennis with both of them being tested before running our narrow winners with Sanele edging home 6-3 and Thabang even close at 5-4.

There was some encouraging tennis played by two young girls Angel and Thando and the benefit of them having played in the one day tournaments last year was evident. Angel in particular was very steady and prepared to rally and wait for the opening before going for her shots. Consequently she did not drop a game. Thando showed great patience before edging home 5-4.

The result was immaterial , but we did manage to win both the singles and doubles, as the occasion was designed to give them the opportunity to play against different players and socialize off court with new people. It really was a great exercise in “hands across the net.”

It was agreed that we would repeat the process later in the year.

In the meantime two of our players have been selected to attend the Gauteng East trials to choose the teams for the inter provincial high schools tournament early in April. This is continuing the succession of players from this program who have progressed to reach the level whereby they can play representative tennis.

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