Lyndel House partners HPTB

HARARE - Chitungwiza-based Lyndel House College has partnered Harare Provincial Tennis Board (HPTB) in a bid to revive the grassroots structures in their province.

HPTB, which has the backing of Tennis Zimbabwe (TZ), aims to grow the game from the grassroots by exposing kids to the game at a young age. They also seek to build a workforce of local people to ensure everyone has the opportunity to enjoy the sport.

After receiving a timely boost from Lyndel House College, who chipped in with rackets, T-shirts and tennis balls among other things, HPTB launched their first of a series of events in Chitungwiza on Saturday which they named Chi-Town Junior Talent Identification.

Harare Metropolitan Tennis Board (HMTB) league chairperson Crispen Chitambara, who attended the launch, said they will travel across the province, particularly to communities that have limited existing activity to establish similar structures.

“We want to identify talent from the grassroots and we want to make sure all kids are exposed to tennis especially from the high density suburbs,” Chitambara said.

“We want them to get an opportunity to showcase their talent. So we are going to move around schools in Chitungwiza and Harare’s high density suburbs where we will carry out programmes which will see structures being established to train and nurture the kids.

“If we identify them now and give them an opportunity to showcase their talent at such a tender age then the future of the country’s tennis will be bright. Lately, the game has been on a downward spiral largely due to lack of proper junior structures.”

Chitambara added: “So at this point we are appealing for support from the corporate world to come and join us as we try to revive the game. We need a lot of things like nets, tennis balls and rackets among other stuff to ensure the kids get everything.

“We are very grateful to Lyndel House College for their support. They have been supporting us all along. They helped us renovate the tennis courts in Chitungwiza to enable kids to play the game.”

A keen tennis fan, Lyndah Shoko, who is one of the directors of Lyndel House College said passion for the game has pushed them to help resurrect the sport.

“These guys came to us and told us about their idea and we were very much thrilled to partner them,” Shoko said.

“If you look at it, there are a lot of kids who are very talented but do not have the resources. So we liked the idea of going into communities in search of talent. So far we have helped them renovate tennis courts at Zebra Courts in Chitungwiza.

“We have also supplied rackets, tennis balls and T-shirts. We remain committed to help establish junior structures in the province.”

Chairman for Zimbabwe Tennis Coaches Association Richmore Murape applauded the initiative.

“This is one good programme of catching the kids at a young age,” Murape said.

“There is talent in these high density suburbs but they lack proper nurturing. So by creating such structures it will make it easy for us coaches to identify those that we can take into the national team.”

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