Students of the Presbyterian Cluster of Schools at Osu on Wednesday benefited from a one day tennis training programme organised by PM Sports Foundation, an NGO which is into the development and promotion of the sport in the country.
The event dubbed ‘Tennis in Schools Project’, was meant to boost the performance of the students while looking out for exceptional talents to groom for future tournaments.
The participants aged eight to 14-years were taken through a variety of drills to improve specific aspects of their game, including serving, return of serve, baseline rallying, approaching the net, handball coordination as well as receiving and sending skills.
Mr Peter Mensah, founder of the PM Sports Foundation, was assisted by national coaches such as Yahaya Macauley, Evans Owuo, Philip Plange, Bernard Mensah, Eben Otoo, Ahmed Quartey and Thoephilus Teye to undertake the training.
A scene from the training
The foundation in collaboration with the Ghana Tennis Federation have organised similar clinics in various schools in the Central Region and some parts of the Greater Accra Region.
Speaking at the event, Mr Mensah said: “We are running the Tennis in School Project and it’s a programme that we are rolling out to all the schools in Ghana with the support of the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Sports and the Ghana Tennis Federation. It is basically to help introduce the sport to the younger generation so that everyone will get the benefit in tennis.”
“At the moment we have selected 20 schools to benefit from the programme from now to December but our aim is to get to about 100 schools by next year to help identify the talents that we have and select them for the various tennis clubs in the country for further training to keep building them up,” he added.
Mr Mensah also urged corporate entities to come on board to support the project to ensure the development of the sport in the country.
Peter Mensah (third left) was joined by these coaches to undertake the project
For her part, the Circuit Supervisor of the Ghana Education Service in the Osu Doku District, Georgina Winifred Rabbles praised the organisers for selecting her outfit for the project encouraging the coaches not to relent on their ores.
“I am so impressed with the project because for about two terms now the coach has been coming over to grant the permission to undertake the project and finally I am happy they have been granted that opportunity for our students to be engaged in the playing of tennis ball.
Children learn through games as well and I am sure that this is going to unearth talents because you never can tell what someone is going to be in the future but through such exercises their skills will be unearthed and then they will develop and sharpen their potentials with the constant training,” she said.