South Africa

The project started in 2011 and at present around 100 children are coached and mentored on a weekly basis with tennis each afternoon and Saturday mornings. Since inception, around 250 children have benefited from this initiative with some having gone on to represent the province at inter provincial tournaments. This year a record was set when four children were chosen. Head Coach Michael Lelosa visits the four local schools to canvas children and now, with the tennis club having been affiliated to Tennis SA and a club formed, more families are attending and bringing their children. Lockdown hampered the programme but since September 2020 children have been entered into local events which now allow spectators. Life Skills Days will be re-introduced once lockdown restrictions are lifted.
The programme in the small coastal town of Kenton-on-Sea and its neighbouring Township, Ekuphumleni, teaches tennis and life skills to school children in an environment rife with unemployment, drugs and alcohol. A “future generation” group has been started at the primary school and for those children too young to undertake the walk to the courts just yet, the community hall or a flat area next to the school will be used. The programme has also established a close relationship with the local Kenton Tennis Club which provides its facilities free of charge. Despite Covid-19, 2021 is proving to be exciting with numbers of older children returning to or starting the programme increasing to more than twice that of 2019 and 2020.

Final Tournaments Of The Year

Once again we decided to “spread our wings” and sent 12 players to an event in the Vaal. Following the success of the visit to Soweto a while back, we have decided that to give the players more variety in the tournament play we should “test the water” at other events.

The Restart Of Tournaments

With the tennis calendar so full these days it has been a pity that the one day events organized by Gauteng East Tennis Association have to take a back seat to the more major events. What with tournaments locally plus with South Africa competing in a number of team events within Africa, it was delightful to see the kids enjoying some tournament play last Sunday.


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