In line with Maccabi SA’s new strategic direction, Byron is running local programmes in both Johannesburg and Cape Town that are benefitting young tennis players of all abilities and making tennis more accessible to all. The Junior Tennis programme in Johannesburg, launched in February 2015, has 17 participants aged 12-17 years. The programme aims to improve the skills and competitive standards of the players and contributes to our preparations for the 2017 Maccabi Games.
After a highly successful Open Day, a similar programme is now underway in Cape Town. Byron and his coaches also recently went to King David Linksfield Pre-Primary School to introduce tennis to the youngsters. Over 110 children were knocking about in the sun having fun. “It was a major success and really rewarding to see such young kids enjoying the game of tennis… this is how we are going to build our future stars,” said Werbeloff.
Exciting plans are now underway to take a development team of approximately ten young tennis players on tour to Israel to train with Israeli players and coaches and play in exhibition matches.
Byron and the Maccabi SA management are very pleased with the progress that has been made in a short period of time. Maccabi SA Tennis is a working model of how Maccabi SA can reconnect with the youth through exposure to competitive and recreational sport, while also ensuring streamlined and efficient preparations for the 2017 Maccabiah, both of which are two important strategic objectives for Maccabi SA.
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