The Tanzania Tennis Association (TTA) has embarked in development of the game at grassroots level, the body’s secretary general Inger Njau disclosed yesterday.
Njau said TTA’s latest attempt included teaching of tennis lessons at Kalmeri Primary School in Mkuranga District.
Disclosing the development, Njau said the introductory tennis course at the School is in line with the International Tennis Federation (ITF) vision to ensure the game reaches many people by 2015.
She said with assistance from ITF, the program has reached many schools in the country. She also said under the program TTA offers tennis facilities and also organise coaching programs.
Kalmeri Primary School Sports teacher Rabbi Hassan confirmed the development saying his School started tuitions in 2008, saying the sports lessons will give the opportunity to pupils to develop skills and carry on with their studies.
“We have a clay-long tennis course, but we also teach football, netball and athletics. The objective is to raise the level of development of sports in the country, mainly for the people who live outside Dar es Salaam”, he said.
Hassan said the primary school is run by Catholic nuns whom he said provide special support to the sports teams.
“TTA helps us with the facilities but we must also thank the Catholic nuns who provide the players with good tracksuits, training kits and also other needs”, he said.
However, the teacher lamented that many people in the district like the game but they do not have access to it as the school only allows its pupils to train and also whenever he tries to reach outside the School there are no facilities.
He called upon sports lovers in the area to help in the development of the game by providing facilities so that he can expand the scope of his teaching beyond the school.