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



In keeping with their aim of organizing fun tournaments, Gauteng East held the second such day this year on the Public Holiday of 1 May. This was the Gauteng East Wilson Doubles played on a round robin basis with play offs at the end to determine final positions.

Three couples from the Vosloorus development group took part, two girls teams and one boys. It gave the kids that opportunity of playing and socializing with other players and the experience gained will be invaluable for them moving forward.

138 players from under 10 to under 19 took part and most of them taking the opportunity to be in fancy dress to add to the enjoyment of the day. There were a pair of chefs; some boys dressed in tutus and some really innovated outfits.

Our boys couple of Sanele Saul and Thabang Malatsi won the Federer group and then went on to beat the winners of the Nadal group to claim overall first prize. It was a great achievement by the two boys who overcame some strong opposition along the way to claiming the top spot. This type of success will only breed further success for them in the future.

Kgomotso Mabote and Kgomotso Santos came very close to winning but were edged of into second place in Raonic group, but did win the play off to finish third. Again they played above themselves at times to have such a creditable result at the end.

Our second girls couple of Mphile Mabekhu and Dudu Mkwananzi had a tough day and although they played some good tennis in patches the opposition was too strong  for them overall but the experience they gained from their participation will be motivate them moving forward.

The whole aspect of the day, including the way some of them went about dressing up,  is an excellent example of what can be gained from tennis. Congrats to the whole organizing team at Gauteng East on a wonderful, fun filled day.

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