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

Newbees fare well in their first tournament

Newbees fare well in their first tournament

Gauteng East again hosted a one-day tournament for those players who, as yet, are not up to participating in the main stream Tennis SA sanctioned events. It is a breeding ground for our future stars and gives us the opportunity to “blood” the younger players into tournament play.

There were 208 children yesterday in Benoni and such has the popularity of these events grown, that entries are now coming from outside the Gauteng East province. Whereas this is good to see so many children participating, it does mean that some children from Gauteng East could miss out on an event which was originally designed specifically for them.

We entered two young girls for the first time both of whom have elder sisters already playing in these events. They acquitted themselves extremely well for the first-time exposure to players from outside of Vosloorus. Nine year old Unathi Nkosi finished 4th out of six in her group whilst 10 year old Banele Xolo came a highly creditable 2nd in her group. For a first-time effort at tournament play, these results are extremely pleasing and they will both be nurtured with more exposure to tournament play throughout the year.

The two newbees are pictured along with their coach, Michael Lelosa.

The start of the day was Wandile Tshabalala who won his group. Wandile has been going to these events for a year now and has also taken part in is first Tennis SA sanctioned tournament. He has been chosen to represent the province in the schools inter provincial tournament due to be staged in August.

Vusi Mngomezulu, playing only his second tournament, finished 2nd to show the improvement in his game that has been evident during training.

Both Angel Nkosi and Thando Xolo finished 3rd in their respective groups to round off a highly successful morning for the kids.

It was a typical cold Benoni morning with the advent of winter definitely here made even worse with wind coming off the Benoni Lake adjacent to the courts. The tennis fashions yesterday were beanies and scarves!!

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