Talent and tunes for tennis development

2016-05-27 16:28
Leigh Nell, left, from The Jazzyard Academy, gets some of her fellow musicians in tune to help with raising funds for tennis development.

Leigh Nell, left, from The Jazzyard Academy, gets some of her fellow musicians in tune to help with raising funds for tennis development. (gary van dyk)

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Tennis development in the Western Cape is getting tuned in with some support from top talents.
Empext and WP Tennis will be hosting a gala jazz fundraiser at the Artscape Opera House on Saturday 18 June starting at 18:00.

One of the organisers, Joey Fourie, explains that this initiative has been put in place to address social change in poorer communities in the metro (and elsewhere) through sport – in particular tennis.
“We understand that many communities face pressing problems and that interventions that talk more substantially to poverty alleviation, education and job creation might be more needed,” he says.
“However, we have the skill-set, network, knowledge and access to relevant partnerships to impact meaningfully on some of these areas through tennis.”

Imparting life skills
He explains that the project has started with tennis because it presents a fantastic lifelong sport option and vehicle for imparting life skills.
“It also presents a huge development opportunity because tennis structures in most communities have collapsed.
“Municipal tennis facilities in black communities are derelict. In our view the main reason for this can be found in the ‘unification’ of tennis structures after democracy.
“Today, it costs a child R15 000 per year (at the entry level and excluding the cost of equipment) to learn to play tennis as compared to R500 to R2500 per year to play cricket, because the only coaching programmes in existence are private programmes.
“The situation cries out for a subsidised coaching programme to be implemented by WP Tennis through schools and (once established) clubs in black communities.”
Fourie, who has extensive academic, social development and corporate experience obtained with various teaching institutions and projects, has a passion for jazz and sport thriving in an environment where he can assist young people to take advantage of the benefits that sport and music have to offer.

Great line-up
Other project managers included in the programme are Tony Loubser, an attorney who serves on the executive committee of WP Tennis where he has managed the Junior Portfolio for the past three years, and Gugulethu entrepreneur Modise Myoli.
Fourie, who will also be performing, added that the event at Artscape will include keynote speakers Lorenzo Davids, CEO of Community Chest, and Dr Shirley Zinn, author of Swimming Upstream.
“We’ve got a great line-up of talents for the show,” he says.
“This includes the Andrew Ford Quartet, Adelia Douw of the Delft Big Band, The Jazz Yard Academy from Bonteheuwel and the New Apostolic Church Children’s Choir, while there will also be extracts from Mike van Graan’s latest play Pay back the Curry!”
Tickets for the event cost R195, or R175 for bookings of ten or more.
For more information call Joey on 084 880 7012 or email info@homesofafrica.co.za or Tony Loubser on 082 550 2994.WIN! WIN! WIN!
Ten readers can each win double tickets to the show. SMS the word “tennis” followed by your name and contact details to 45527 before 12:00 on Friday 3 June to enter. SMSes cost R1.50.

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