Big boost for Victoria Tennis Academy

Big boost for Victoria Tennis Academy

Big boost for Victoria Tennis Academy

Belgian coach conducts training at the camp

Kisumu based Tennis organization Victoria Tennis over the weekend launched the Manyatta Slums Tennis camp that is expected to run for one month. The camp will be held in partnership with Elora Schools and Friends of Victoria Tennis Academy in Europe and USA.

The camp was launched at the Kosawo Primary School in Manyatta Slums and has attracted more than 100 tennis players from the age of 4 years to 18 years.  Professional guest coaches from Europe, Steve Verkourter-Belgium and Camilla Manson-Mitchell-United Kingdom  will run the camp.

Victoria Tennis Academy Director, Collins Agwanda says the camp is aimed to provide performance tennis training amongst the aspiring and promising tennis players from less fortunate families. “All we target is to ensure that less fortunate kids who aspire to play tennis gets the opportunity to become the next Serena and Roger Federer through this camp.” said Agwanda.

Coach Steve Verkourter encouraged the young budding stars and promised to sponsor some of the talents to Belgium next year , “when I arrived here I was amazed by the quality of play these kids are already showing, after working with them for a couple of weeks I see their enormous dedication to this sport.”

“ Some of our Elite group players like Dickens Wanyonyi and Ricky Omondi and others made a great impact on me, this is also why I personally will make arrangements to give a group of 6 to 8 players from the academy the chance to come to Belguim to play higher level tennis tournaments on the Belgian circuit during school holiday in April of next year where they will get international exposure and the great opportunity to experience a taste of European culture as well.”

Coach Camilla Manson-Mitchell said she is overwhelmed by what Victoria Tennis Academy is doing and encourage tennis players from the slums of Kisumu to take the game seriously. “I am without words, I have been here for someday and the kids are fantastic. I would also like to thank all the sponsors.” added Camilla.

Dickens Wanyonyi, a beneficiary of the camp and Victoria Tennis Academy player thanked Laurence Courtois, former Women Tennis Association (WTA) world number 47 for the donations of the camp clothes courtesy of Bjorn Borg Company.

Victoria Tennis Academy is run as a project by Shining Hope Organization. The organization also runs Elora Schools, Sponsor a Child Programme.

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