IC Philanthropy Foundation (a UK registered charity) was established by the Council of International Clubs in 2009 as an integral activity of the 42 nations, which run their own International Clubs (ICs). Having been formed first in 1924 the countries which are active today concluded that it was a natural extension of their original objective to bring nations together through tennis and generate international goodwill. The purpose after some 90 years of existence was the worthy objective to have a section of the IC community engaged in seeking to improve the lives of disadvantaged young people through tennis. Specifically the objective has been to teach tennis to disadvantaged and disabled children in communities around the world so that sport can provide an alternative path from life on the streets and the dangers of drugs, crime and negative peer pressure.
The objective of all our activities is to incorporate a life skills programme to help children understand and learn from the psychological benefits of tennis. Since inception we have sought to develop in these young people a positive attitude and foster a strong work ethic and approach to life. In this way, we help the children to acquire a sense of purpose, instilling the belief that anything is possible even in difficult circumstances.
To date over 15,000 children and young people have benefitted from programmes run or overseen by 16 ICs. Some have gone to overseas Universities
Each programe focuses on approximately 50 to 100 children with the programmes in Australia, Uruguay and the UK reaching well over a thousand.
The Foundation funds facilities, equipment and coaching for these programmes and assesses the effectiveness of these initiatives on an on-going basis. A grant will only be made to a programme where there is matched funding from another source, preferably a local, or efforts to generate that additional funding are in place. Read more
To learn more about how you can support or donate to our programmes, please review Sponsorship and Donations.
Many of the IC Philanthropy programmes are on hold for now, others are preparing to open. Some are communicating with their players online and post videos with challenges and activities for children to try at home to keep them active and engaged. Here is a short update from Kenton-on-sea, South Africa, where backyards have become tennis venues as children take part in the Lockdown and Volley Challenge - watch the video below.
Lockdown and Volley Challenge Video
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