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



After the trials at the Gauteng East headquarters, four of our players were chosen to represent the province in the forthcoming SA Schools inter provincial tournament. Over the years we have regularly had one or two players chosen but this is the first time that more than two have been selected.

In the under 13 event Thando Xolo will be playing for the girls whilst Sipho Mniki and Wandile Tshabalala are in the boys team. This will be their first exposure to such an event and is a true reward for their dedication to practice and commitment to the game.

In the boys under 19 team it was no surprise to see Nkosikhona Ubisi chosen as he has represented the province in previous years and is our best boy player at the moment. Kgomotso Mabote has been chosen as a reserve for the girls team.

Credit must also be paid to coach Michael Lelosa who has been able to groom these players, particularly the youngsters, to the level whereby they are ready to represent their province. The experience will be beneficial to their future and they will learn what it is like to play for a team and all pull together in the interests of the greater goal.

The tournament, traditionally held in April, has been put back to August in the hope that the pandemic allows the tournament to take place. The 2020 tournament was cancelled so it will be disappointing if this year’s follows that pattern, but we wait with baited breath to see if these youngsters can achieve what has been their goal for quite sometime.

We congratulate them all on being selected, wish them every success and enjoy the moment when you get to the tournament in August.

The picture is of those who played in the trials with coach Michael Lelosa in the middle.