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Aspiring tennis players within the township of Soweto who wish to pursue a career in tennis will in future have a place where their talent can be nourished.
As a non-profit making sport organization, Dobsonville Tennis club was created to provide activities and opportunities for young people regardless of race, religion and economic status.
In an exclusive interview with Soweto Sunrise News, Suprice Phahlane, club co-founder and executive director hopes to help youths take sports seriously.
He mentioned that they started the club three years ago to bridge the alarmingly small number of tennis players in the country. “The club remains in existence to produce the next generation of champions. Our beloved country still lacks enough number players, which remains alarmingly small,” added Phahlane.
Whilst the country has in recent years unearthed several talented tennis players, Phahlane feels that not enough is being done to develop players in the township.
“Tennis accessories are expensive and get worn out quickly, so we will need more partners to sustain the club. I am confident and hopeful that they will certainly come on board”. He hinted.
With its mission to enhance the lives of young people living in Soweto through sporting activities that are rooted in fun, education, and ethical principles, the club expects much support from the public with the vision to be the leading tennis academy in Soweto. The club has four provisional age categories. Divisions range from the under 12,15,19 up to the under 20 players.
With the elapse of time, as he anticipates sponsorship from partners, Phahlane plans to increase the number of trainers. He further noted that for the past few months the club has experienced challenges due to a shortage of both coaches and training resources. “We’ve been at least getting help from Arthur Ashe Tennis growth centre, otherwise we could have long closed” concluded Phahlane. The club coach also thanked parents who are supporting their children to take part in the programme, and urged more to borrow a leaf.
Thapelo Magola Soweto Sunrise News