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.



Philanthropy News



Although the year has been disrupted due to the pandemic, Gauteng East Tennis Association managed to squeeze in another one day event for the up and coming players with a doubles competition on 6 December.

We entered three couples and rewarded those who had shown commitment and had made progress since we were able to recommence training in September. The two young boys, both aged 10, Sipho and Wandile have shown real interest in the game and been regularly at training and this showed when they finished 4th in their group. They are both improving rapidly and within the next year or two will be able to compete in the sanctioned Tennis SA tournaments.

The two promising girls, also aged 10 and 11, Thando and Angel finished 5th and again their presence at training has been an example to others and again the improvement in their game is seen at events like this.

The two real youngsters Siyamthanda and Banele who are both aged 8, finished a creditable 7th in company older and wiser than themselves. Their keenness for the game knows no bounds and it is harder to get them off the court than on!!

I must pay tribute to Desire Wilson who runs the junior tennis at Gauteng East for her dedication to ensure that tomorrows provincial players have this tremendous grounding in their formative years. That is three events that Desire has organised since lock down was lifted in September and the fact that only 50 people are allowed to be at the courts and no parents or coaches are allowed on site, has not deterred her enthusiasm to ensure that the children come first.

Those who took part are pictured with their coach, Michael Lelosa.