The tenth International Tennis Federation (ITF) Johan Cruyff Africa Junior Camp returns to Arthur Ashe Tennis Centre in Soweto this weekend from 29 September to 1 October.
The camp which will be staged in Javabu for the second consecutive year, will see over 18 junior wheelchair tennis stars rolling in from over three countries in Africa to receive high quality skills development and exposure on the international court.
Leading the camp and imparting their skills to the future stars will be Development Managers Patrick Selepe, Archie Lemeko, as well as top local coaches and coaches from Egypt, Tanzania and Morocco.
The camp aims not only to improve the juniors’ level of play, but to earmark high-performing nations and identify Africa’s next top talent. Coaches will focus primarily on tactics and advanced mobility drills, while a concurrent tournament will give the players an opportunity to display their skills. A coaches’ conference will run simultaneously with the camp and the tournament, providing coaches with the opportunity to exchange ideas and gain knowledge.
“This camp has been very instrumental to identify talent and develop promising athletes,” said former player Patrick Selepe who is now tasked to nurture the future of wheelchair tennis in the country.
“Top athletes like two-time Grand Slam champion Lucas Sithole, Wimbledon Semi-finalist Kgothatso Montjane and the country’s top men’s player Evans Maripa have been part of this remarkable initiative, so we have realized its significance and we will continue to host it.”
“The camps also aim at giving players at different levels the opportunity to rub shoulders with the top junior players from different countries and ensure that in time they are amongst the best in South Africa and the world,” added Selepe.
The Johan Cruyff Foundation, named after the legendary Dutch footballer, was founded in 1997 with the aim of giving children the opportunity to play and be active.