WINDHOEK: First National Bank Namibia on Saturday handed over N.dollars 250 000 to the Namibia Tennis Association (NTA).
Speaking at the handing-over ceremony at the National Tennis Stadium in Olympia, Chairperson of the FNB Foundation Clara Bohitile advised the NTA to use the money wisely for the development of tennis into a well-liked sport such as football.
She urged the Ministry of Youth, National Service, Sports and Culture and private institutions to support tennis by committing themselves towards the development to the sport in the country.
During the event, Kallie Heese was announced as NTA National Development Coordinator, after the association was without a national coordinator for 2011. He took office in June 2012.
Heese explained that the NTA, through its development programme, plans to involve more young Namibians in becoming professional players.
He confirmed that tournaments are in place to help school learners and teachers develop the skills and understanding of tennis.
“We are also planning to have a tennis fun day in Katutura on 20 October 2012 to attract hundreds of kids,” he added.
NTA president Bob Mould confirmed that the development programme can now reach all corners of the country through such sponsorships.
Mould thanked FNB for its assistance and commitment to further sponsor the programme for the next three years.
The foundation also handed over N.dollars 15 000 to the Cancer Association of Namibia to be used towards the fight against cancer.