Lagos Plans Academy For Junior Stars


Tennis Special can report that the Lagos State Tennis Association is planning to build a tennis academy for young and aspiring tennis players.

Chairman of the association, Dr. Adewunmi Adeyemi Gbenro, said  the association has been speaking to some sponsors that understand and appreciate the aims and objectives of having such an academy in the country.

According to him: “What the association wants to do is to get sponsors who understand what we want to do and from there, we move on.

“We want to nurture these young ones while they are in school; more so, it’s important that they have their education while playing tennis because tennis is a game of intelligence. We’ll also look after their welfare while they are in the academy,” he explained.

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On when the academy is expected to start admitting prospective players, the tennis boss disclosed that the projection is the next two years at most, depending on how soon sponsors respond.

He said:”It’s difficult to say precisely when the academy will start operating, but we’re looking at two years as a realistic time to actualise this project and that’ll also determine how soon we get sponsors that share our vision on this programme.

“How big the academy will be is something I can’t say for now, but I’m quite sure it’ll be good enough to breed great players from the grassroots to become world beaters.”

—Damilare Okunola

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