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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In order to give the Vosloorus development players a more varied training program, they were taken to the Game, Set and Match Academy run by Carla Farina in Johannesburg. The object was to expose them to different training methods with the emphasis on fitness and agility more than actual playing. There was a mix of some better players as well as younger players who have recently joined the program.

Carla had them, almost literally, jumping through hoops as well as ladder drills and wind sprints. “I honestly think I had more fun than they did” said Carla afterwards. “The level of the love of the game and the enthusiasm these children have is unrivalled and I hope their passion for the sport and tennis continues to grow.”

After the fitness training Carla put them through some on court drills and towards the end they did play tennis! This is an aspect that we would like to continue on a regular basis so that they level of fitness improves through this extra training and it is hoped that further sessions will be arranged.

It is imperative that for their tennis and overall education, they become exposed to different techniques from a coaching point of view as well as inter acting with other children outside of the own program.

The next level will be the mini tournaments in and around the Johannesburg area especially for those who are now ready to start playing at that level.

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