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



Despite the fact that spectators are still not allowed to attend tennis events, Gauteng East staged their first tournament of the year. We again supported this initiative with six players taking part and one of them experiencing tournament play for the first time.

It was pleasing to see that the organizers put the players into a higher section than normal as they feel there has been sufficient improvement to their game and are ready for the sterner competition. Although this may have been somewhat daunting for them initially, they all seemed to cope well enough to justify them being in the higher group.

This is a credit to the players themselves and the coach, Michael Lelosa. The young boy who was initiated into tournament play was a replacement in fact for another player who is still recovering from a broken arm. 

Wandile Tshabalala and Vusi Buthelezi finished 5th in the Federer section; Thando Xolo and Angel Nkosi 6th in the Halep section and Kgomotso Mabote and Kgomotso Santos 5th in the Nadal section.

Thando and Angel were awarded the prize for the Best Dressed team in their section and following the event the organizers advised me that Angel is now ready to take part in TSA sanctioned tournaments which is good news. 

The organizers congratulated all the players on their sportsmanship.

The next event of this kind is 2 May but before then some of the better players will be entered into the TSA tournament at the end of April.

Pictures are of the group with coach Michael and the pair who were awarded the Best dressed prize.

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