Iso-Black Concepts Ltd, a grassroots tennis talent development programme in Warri is staging a tennis coaching clinic next month in the oil city. It will run between April 7 and 26 at the Shell Club in Ogunu, Warri.
The event, tagged Warri Tennis Coaching Clinic, according to organizers of the programme is for children between the ages of 6 and 16 years. Already, the excitement generated among the various schools in the city has seen over 800 kids putting their entries, thereby forcing the organisers to adjust their initial plans.
The Chief Executive Officer of Iso-Black Concepts Ltd, Mr. Igho Okor, said during the week; “Our initial target was to stage the tennis coaching clinic for 500 kids, but as it is now, we have to adjust our plan because there is over-subscription already and many entries are still coming.”
Apart from the kids, various corporate organisations, including ARCO, Promasidor, SYKES, Mutual Life Assurance, Carex, Cadbury and NPIMS, a subsidiary of NNPC, have indicated their interests in sponsoring the event, which will run between 9.00 am and 2.00pm daily.
Okor revealed that the Warri Tennis Coaching Clinic is aimed at discovering young talents in the area.
“We want to re-awake the interest of the youths in the game of tennis. The focus for now is children between the ages of 6-16 years. This is the first time we are staging such a big event in that part of the country.
“The people of Warri have proven that they truly love sports. They want their children to be part of this event, which is going to be a yearly event. At the end of the event in Warri, the kids who perform well will be taken to Lagos and from there we will take them to our partners at Tennis Academy in South Africa.
But the movement to South Africa will depend on whether the parents will allow their children proceed to the tennis academy to perfect their skills in game or not,” Okor concluded.