Nairobi, 31 July 2006--More than 80 children, aged between 3 and 18 years, today gathered for the annual East Africa Safari Junior Tennis Camp at Sadili Oval Sports Centre in Langata. The children are being trained by a team of 11 coaches from United Kingdom, Japan, Kenya and Zimbabwe, and include guest coaches Mark Jackson (England) and Katsuya Otsu (Japan).
Foreign young players have come from Uganda, Tanzania, Somali, Sudan and Burundi, as well as local residents from USA, UK, China, Australia, Belgium, India and France. In addition, scholarships have been offered to children from Kiumu, Mombasa and Kibera in Nairobi, where Sadili runs an outreach program.
This is the largest single voluntary participation tennis program in the African region, and gives coaches a chance to make a difference in the lives of our African children. The camp is run under auspices of the "Nature and Sports Camps", an International partnership between UNEP, Global Sports Alliance and Sadili Oval. The camp shall run daily from 9.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. and will end of Friday 11th August 2006.
The official launch and press conference will be held tomorrow at 3.00 p.m. at the Panafric Hotel, Simba Room. The guests of Honour shall be Mr. Theodore Oben, Chief, Outreach Unit at UNEP, and Kenya's Commissioner for Sports, Mr. Gordon Oluoch.
Sponsors include: The Global Sports Alliance, The United Nations Environment Programme, Sarova Hotels, Heron Hotel, House of Manji, Budget, Adventure Vacations, Carnivore, NIVEA, Professional Tennis Registry, Nairobi Sports House and Going Out Entertainment Guide.
Report by Dr. Liz Odera
Sadili Oval Sports Club
GSA Kenya Team Captain
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United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) http://www.unep.org/
NPO Global Sports Alliance (GSA) http://www.gsa.or.jp/