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

LAST TOURNAMENT OF THE YEAR AT BENONI

LAST TOURNAMENT OF THE YEAR AT BENONI

Gauteng East Tennis Association held their last one day tournament of the year on Saturday. We entered eight children from our Vosloorus programme which meant that in the four tournaments we supported throughout the year, we entered 34 children of which 26 played in a tournament for the first time.

Unlike in the past where the same few children played in tournaments, we took the decision to widen the net and expose more of the younger players to tournament play. For the last three events they have had a Red Ball event and this has been a tremendous fillip for the really little ones to be exposed to playing with children from outside Vosloorus and to mix social.

Following the clinic we held during the Rod Laver junior qualifying event, Desire Wilson, who runs junior tennis for Gauteng East, asked for two of our girls to attend Saturdays tournament and she would sponsor them. They played extremely well with Siyamthanda Silinga, aged 8, finished as runner up with her 7 year sister, Sindi third. It was Sindi’s first tournament and a wonderful achievement to finish in that position.

In the main event two of our young 11 year olds, Wandile Tshabalala and Sipho Mniki came third to cap a very successful day for our group. The others, although they did not feature in the main prizes, were able to pit their skills against better players and enjoy a morning of inter action with children from outside the Township. All of these aspects are very essential as part of their tennis education.

We really owe Gauteng East Tennis Association a huge debt of gratitude for organizing these events and they have become a stepping stone for our players towards the goal of entering the Tennis South Africa sanctioned tournaments. This time 162 children took part and with schools finishing their final year exams, it showed how important these tournaments are to the local players notwithstanding having the “distraction” of school exams!!

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