Tennis South Africa (TSA) has signalled a new dawn for the future of tennis in South Africa with a renewed commitment to transformation in the sport.
This commitment was cemented by the national tennis federation signing a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on Transformation, with Sport and Recreation South Africa (SRSA) and the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC), on Tuesday.
The MOA focuses on the interventions (via its transformation and development plan) that TSA will be making over the next 5-8 years to drive growth in tennis across all communities.
By joining the ranks of the country’s leading sporting codes – Soccer, Rugby, Cricket, Athletics and Netball – who have signed similar agreements – TSA views the MOA as one of the key ingredients in broadening its reach across the country.
Prior to the signing of the MOA, TSA had already hit the ground running by making its draft plan on transformation and development available online for public comment and feedback.
Richard Glover, CEO of TSA welcomed the signature of this agreement. “TSA is excited to finalise this agreement. It provides us with a great opportunity to work with SRSA and SASCOC to grow our sport. The new TSA plan for transformation and development is practical and achievable and has been very well received by a variety of stakeholders. We are excited to start rolling it out in the coming months. We see this new plan as an exciting opportunity to ensure the sustainability of tennis in our country.”
This symbolic step follows the presentation that TSA made to a media contingent in February of 2017, where the Federation outlined a four pronged approach to growing tennis in SA. The new growth plan, which will see transformation woven into all aspects, focuses on initiatives aimed at driving:
INTEREST – Increasing general interest in the sport across all communities in South Africa.
PARTICIPATION – Igniting more South Africans to participate in tennis.
HIGH PERFORMANCE – Creating more South African grand slam players.
SUSTAINABILITY – Creating a sustainable business model for the Federation.