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

SOUTH AFRICAN UPDATE ON CORONA VIRUS STATUS

SOUTH AFRICAN UPDATE ON CORONA VIRUS STATUS

Last evening the President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the country outlining what has happened in the country since the lock down was implemented at midnight on 26 March. On the 1 May the country went from level 5 to level 4 with certain restrictions being lifted.

Last night the President advised that as from 1 June we will go down to level 3 but it was also emphasized that with winter fast approaching there will be an increase in the number of cases reported which will result in an increase in the number of fatalities. To underline this, of the total number of cases reported to date, one third  were reported in the past week. It is still expected that we will not reach our peak until September.

This may sound somewhat confusing that we have been able to reduce our level but at the same time advise that there will be an increase in our numbers over the next three months. However, the Government has had to balance the health issue with that of the economy of the country. Certain areas within the country have been identified at Corona Virus Hot Spots, and the whole of Gauteng has been named as such an area. This is where the number of cases is higher than the National average per 100,000 people. The Cape area has been identified as the worst affected area within the country.

A number of restrictions have been further lifted but there still remains a blanket ban on gatherings (except for funerals which are now limited to 50 people) such as restaurants, theatres, church services and all sports. However, we are now allowed to cycle, walk or run at any time during the day.

Tennis SA have lobbied government to allow a limited return to tennis and especially coaching. It is now two months since coaches last worked. It is anticipated that coaches will soon be allowed to return to work but only on a one on one basis and certainly not in any form of group coaching. This one on one coaching will be done under strict rules surrounding health and safety and coaches will be given a clearance certificate on a month to month basis to allow them to conduct such coaching.

We will be approaching Tennis SA to obtain this clearance for our development coaches in both Vosloorus and Kenton this week and hopefully within a short space of time we can introduce some coaching at this level during June.

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