Feedback from the recent schools indaba


A schools indaba was recently held in Gauteng to review the current state of schools tennis in South Africa. The indaba was attended by schools tennis representatives from across the country, TSA head office personnel, local government, as well as the President and CEO of TSA.
The following matters were raised at the indaba and will receive attention over the next few months:
1.Growing stakeholder relationships:
– The importance of building strategic relationships with local government, SRSA & the Department of Basic Education.
– Building the importance of the SA Schools Championships (multi-sport event run by SRSA).
2. New initiatives to be investigated, with the aim to increase participation and hype around the sport:
– A national school ranking system.
– Promoting and pushing red ball tennis (mini tennis).
– Introducing Beach Tennis at schools.
– Experimenting with a central host venue for league matches – i.e. multiple schools teams playing at one venue.
– Schools to play against clubs (especially in rural areas).
– Potentially creating a 6-11 age category at clubs.
3. TSA School Weeks:
– Refining the final day procedures at the High Schools Week.
– The positioning of the Schools Weeks and the resultant touring teams selected.
– Provincial selection processes: To be submitted to TSA for approval and then to be put on the TSA website
4. Operational matters:
– Registration of all players as TSA members. Festivals will be the main target.
– Working together to deliver more accurate EPG Transformation data to TSA and ultimately SRSA.
The intention is for the Schools Indaba to become an annual event, as TSA looks to grow the sport into more schools across South Africa.