Coach Matshego Impressed Following Johan Cruyff Africa Junior Camp
The Ninth International Tennis Federation (ITF) Johan Cruyff Foundation Africa Junior Camp which was held at Arthur Ashe Tennis Centre in Jabavu, Soweto was concluded successfully on Monday.
The event was conducted by National Coach Kgotso Matshego and regional coaches to continue the development of future wheelchair tennis champions in Africa.
Coach, Matshego, had nothing but praise about the athletes' progress, who showed passion, enthusiasm and a great talent during the three-day event.
"We have a number of promising up and coming players who are rapidly making the transition from junior to senior tennis players. They all have a good tennis foundation and should easily make the transition," commented National Coach Matshego.
Matshego said they realized shortage in female players and they have prioritized to concentrate on them, "We have a shortage of women players and we have taken the decision to concentrate on very young girls and work them through the system, while making sure we get that solid foundation intrenched into them from a young age. We believe this will give the system an advantage in the future when these young girls start maturing in the game".
Matshego said the junior girls responded very well during the Camp, "The camp this weekend was to start implementing the drive we want to implement with the girls and although it is still at the infancy stage, the camp was very successful where we brought together a group of young junior girls and started to drill in the basics with them. The girls responded very well to the camp and enjoyed every minute of it".
"We will continue to promote wheelchair tennis in Africa, especially among the younger generation," added Matshego.
The Johan Cruyff Foundation, named after the legendary Dutch footballer, was founded in 1997 with the aim of giving children the opportunity to play and be active.