Ghana Tennis Federation ended its maiden Girls Tennis Camp in Accra for sixty (60) players from Avaition Tennis Club, St Francis Tennis Club, Kanershie Tennis Club and Stadium Tennis Club, Ho Tennis Club, Obuasi Tennis Club, Akropong Tennis Club, Wa Tennis Club.
The young players, aged between 8 to 16 years old, were taken through tennis drills involving various techniques for serves, returns (both forehand & backhand), volleys and physical fitness. There were also educational talks on Ebola, Cholera, personal hygiene and reproductive health, STIs (including AIDS), gender-based violence by representatives from the Ghana Education Service, Christian Council, Target Diagnostic Company limited.
The week-long Girls Tennis Camp was supported by IPMC, who donated thousand Ghana Cedis (GH 1000) and branded shirts, also Unilever Ghana with some products.
The Managing Director of IMPC Mr. Senam Hari after the donation said: ” IPMC is really committed to supporting sport in the local community, and with a keen interest is also developing girls’ tennis” and we felt that sponsoring them with cash was a great way to support them” Senam admitted
GTF’s Secretary General Philipina Frimpong added “the federation is grateful to the sponsors, IPMC and Unilever as well as individuals such as Mr. Abraham Victor Steiner and Mrs. Abigail Mckorley for their assistance in making the camp a success”. Her assessment of the programme was ‘camp has been a remarkable success, We started the organization of the camp two years ago, thinking and planning how to execute this program, I never thought it will come this far, am so happy about the turn up. The camp had groomed the girls for their future development’, she advised them to build on what they had learnt this year.
The Camp ended up ended up with excursion by which they visited the Parliament House, Ghana Police Service Headquarters and Accra High Court and Camp tournament. Aleona Naa Ankrah (Ashiaman), Patricia Nyarko (Winneba) and Pricilla Dosoo (Ashiaman) won the 12yrs, 14yrs and 16yrs categories respectively.
In a parting interview with tennisgh.com Dorothy Opoku, participant from Obuasi said ‘the topics we went through adds to making us confident on and off the court’.
The camp was conducted by coaches Noah Bagerbasaeh and Charles Abugila from Winneba Sports College, Francis Manu of St, Francis Tennis Club Ashaiman, Kaneshie Tennis Club’s Philip Plange, Henry Quansah current Golden Rackets Coach, Ernest Amoakoh of Obuasi and Richard Ayi from Aviation.
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