Sunday 18 April 2021
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Tennis league participation limited to affordability

Out of 14 country regions only three regions are participating in this week’s FNB National Schools Tennis League due to lack of funding in transport and accommodation allowance to Windhoek.
Speaking to The Patriot Sport this week, Samuel Pretorius Van Wyk who is the league coordinator said, “It is impossible for us to go to regions to train teachers because of tight budget allocation. We have limited sponsors and for this reason we need more teachers to involve themselves in sports to start a league at regional level. The 3 regions participating are taking from their coffers.”
Van Wyk acknowledged that the league is for beginners and it serves as a vibrant platform for young players to begin competitive tennis as future national players. “Schools are currently busy practicing with their teachers in preparations for the league scheduled for this Saturday.
We provide training for the teachers with equipment from the National Tennis Association so that in return, they train pupils for us. If they are good enough, we select them for national tournament and awards title,” said Van Wyk.
The game is expected to kick-start at 10h00 until 12h30 at the Central Tennis Court in Olympia, Windhoek.
The best schools from regions Khomas, Otjozondjupa and Erongo are participating in this half day event. Khomas Region is represented by eight schools which are: Windhoek Africans Private School (u10 both boys and girls), Kleinne Professor Private School (u10 boys and girls), Suiderhof Primary School (u12 boys and girls), Hermann Gmeiner Primary School (u10 boys and girls,u12 boys and girls), Eros Primary School(u14 girls), Dagbreek Special School(u14 boys), Mandume Primary School (u12) and  Pioneerspark Primary School (u10 and 12 boys, u14 girls). Otjozondjupa is represented by Bregstripe Primary School (u10, u12 and u14), while from Erongo region-Walvis Bay Primary School (u10 boy and girls- u12 boys and u14 girls).
Each team consist of four players and one reserve who will battle it out.

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