WINDHOEK: This past weekend saw 300 children taking part in the biggest tennis development program in the capital’s biggest township, Katutura.
It follows after a recent sponsorship of N.dollars 250 000 by First National Bank of Namibia (FNB) to the Namibian Tennis Association to develop this sport amongst all Namibians, especially players from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Kallie Heese, who stands at the helm of tennis development in the country, said through a media statement that this weekend could go down in history as a big success, as 180 boys and 120 girls took part in the event.
This surpasses the previous training clinic for junior tennis development which had 160 youngsters. Heese said tennis is one of the most popular sporting disciplines among the youth in Namibia, and with the continued assistance of coaches and teachers under the right environment, the sport can flourish.
The sole objective of the tournament was to introduce and give more exposure to children who wanted to participate in tennis. It was further an introduction for them to understand the simple rules of tennis, as well as to have fun.
The training was not in vain for those players who showed interest and took the clinic to heart, as some players were selected to partake in a regular training program starting next week to prepare them to take part this coming December in the National Junior Tournament in coastal town Swakopmund.
The players’ transport, accommodation, entry fees and sports gear will be sponsored by FNB.
The training clinic will also become an annual event.