The Junior Aces Program Brings Tennis to the Youth of Kenya

In November 2011 a tennis program was launched focused on bringing the game of tennis to less fortunate kids from the slums of western Kenya. “We shall work with kids from the slums because that’s where the tennis talents are,” said Tennis Academy director, Collins Agwanda.

This initiative, known as the Junior Aces Program was designed by the United Kingdom based Ace Coaching and the Victoria Tennis Academy. Kenya is the first African nation to profit from this program which works to develop and promote tennis skills around the globe.

Agwanda also stated his hopes on the future for this program, “Our target now is to see more than 1000 less fortunate kids across the slums in Western Kenya playing tennis daily, starting in 2012.”

This Junior Aces program is similar to the USTA`s 10 and Under youth program which also aims to offer tennis court equipment like tennis nets and courts to America`s younger athletes.

The Junior Aces program has attracted quite a bit of attention from approximately 200 youth players from different parts of Western Kenya, a member of Kenya`s parliament and 15 local schools.

According to the Ace Coaching website, the program is a rare online tennis community hoping to provide services and education for coaches, players and fans. However, this movement might be difficult because the Junior Aces program does not yet have enough tennis equipment so program coordinators are depending on public donations.

As of right now, junior players are practicing on make-shift tennis courts composed of white chalk lines on  large dirt fields and poor quality tennis nets  in the slums of Kisumu.

The Kenya Lawn Tennis Association has generously donated some racquets and tennis balls but much more equipment is needed in order to allow this program to live up to its potential in promoting youth tennis in Kenya. To contribute in any way, please contact Collins Agwanda at collinsagwanda@gmail.com.

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Courtney Sloan is a freelance writer and a student at Mira Costa College studying mass media. As a writer with a passion for tennis, health and fitness, she has made it her mission to find helpful information about tennis products and other important issues and share them with the community. Be sure to find her on Facebook and Twitter ! View all posts by courtneytennis760

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