Wheelchair Tennis South Africa (WTSA) relaunched its development centres in the Western Cape during the past week with renewed spirits following a successful camp on Saturday.
The Province now boasts three development hubs, Khayelitsha, Delft and Astra. Players from Khayelitsha and Delft enjoyed a full day of tennis at 3 Anchor Bay Tennis Centre in Green Point on Saturday during a camp aimed at reviving the sport in the province.
National Development Officer, Archie Lemeko conducted the camp which saw tennis enthusiasts battle it out in Cape Town with assistance from regional coach Mthetho Dlanga from Langa township to continue the development of future wheelchair tennis champions in the Western Cape.
According to Lemeko, the three centres existed over the years but became non-operational during the recent years.
“The development centres died out because of different reasons but we had to get them up and running again, so we had to visit each center to re-introduce the sport,” said Lemeko.
Lemeko added that the camp reinvigorated lot of players.
“The camp gave hope to old and new players. It really rekindled their spirit. The first timers enjoyed the experience. Also, we had great audience who enjoyed watching the sport and most never knew wheelchair tennis exists. This also encouraged the able-bodied junior performance players who also held their camp at the same venue.
“Weekly practices take place every Friday at Astra School Montevideo from 9am to 10h30am, Saturdays at Khayelitsha from 8am to 10am and Saturdays at Delft from 12pm to 2pm.
People who are keen to join the club and have no tennis experience are also welcome. For more information, contact WTSA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The relaunched centres and activities are made possible by a generous sponsorship from Grand Slots Western Cape.
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