First Growthpoint Development Centre launched in Cape Town


Tennis South Africa (TSA) on Tuesday afternoon launched its first Growthpoint Development centre in Cape Town.
The new centre to be based at the 3 Anchor Bay tennis club is aimed at providing a platform to grow the sport of tennis across all communities in Cape Town. It is the first of three centres to be opened by TSA, in selected Provinces, between now and mid-2018.
The new Cape Town centre has both grassroots and junior high performance focus – more specifically:
To integrate with and provide support to existing tennis development initiatives in the Province – including providing coaching expertise and training support for these projects.
To grow the sport in target schools in the surrounding area.
To act as a platform for junior talent identification and junior talent development – especially in terms of providing talented junior players from previously under-served communities with coaching and equipment support, a long term player development plan and access into selected TSA junior tournaments – at both Provincial and National level.
Richard Glover, CEO of TSA said: “The launch of the Growthpoint Development Centres are a key foundation of TSA’s new Transformation Policy and Plan. We see them acting as galvanising forces for tennis development in the target Provinces – both from a grassroots participation, as well as a high performance perspective. The launch of the Cape Town centre is a highly symbolic step forward for the Federation.”
The Centre is being run in partnership with Western Province Tennis and Western Cape Tennis and has been made possible, thanks to support from Growthpoint Properties, Dunlop Sport, the National Lotteries Commission, the City of Cape Town and the Western Cape Government.
“As a tennis federation, we are completely aligned in our programs with the initiatives that Government has prioritized, as is evident from the visible support of the Department of Cultural Affair and Sport and the City of Cape Town.  That alignment is crucial to our goal of identifying, nurturing, incubating and developing actual and potential human capital to ensure that the human resource base of tennis is optimally skilled and equipped.” concluded Tony Loubser, head of the TSA Transformation and Development Committee.