Playing sport has always been one of the best practices among growing children. They learn how to play and cooperate within a team. They acquire skills from the very beginning and if they enjoy it, the future possibilities are endless. Today’s stars started when they were young boys and girls.
This is what Growing Sports Foundation Trust (GSFT) is doing. Empowering and motivating children on the tennis court, offering opportunities to the most talented to develop to their full potential. Believing in this mission, GSFT ran a tennis training session in Gugulethu this past weekend at the tennis courts on NY122, coaching youngsters between the ages of 6 to 15.
But this is only the ending point of a work started 3 months ago. Indeed, every Saturday they have done coaching clinics for 70 to 100 children in Cape Town High Schools, teaching them the basics of the game. Couch Chris Zamva said, “You can tell that this is something new to them and they have shown a great interest”.
Despite the gloomy weather, the answer was great and they are expecting even more youngsters during the next sessions. Moreover, coach Lungile Mbeka believes they have already found a potential talent, the 11-year-old Ahlumile Sonwabe. In his words, “He is showing good signs and it’s evident that he has the potential. He will need some guidance and proper training which is what we are here for”.
In order to achieve those results, GSFT is facing different challenges; one of the biggest is the funding for the transportation of children to Cape Town. Finding a sponsor will help a lot the opportunity those children could have.
Photo credit: Mandla Mahashe
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