Peter Mensah Sports Foundation (PM Sports), a non-governmental organisation, last Saturday put together a tennis clinic for juvenile tennis stars at the Ghana Tennis Club in Adabraka.
The event, which was meant to boost the performance of young and upcoming players within the Osu and Adabraka communities attracted over 60 children aged eight to 14 years.
The one-day event saw the participants taken through a variety of drills to improve specific aspects of their game, including serving, return of serve, baseline rallying, approaching the net, aggressive base liner and counter puncher.
In his closing remarks, Mr Peter Mensah, a UK-based tennis coach and CEO of PMSports said his outfit intended to make the event an annual affair hoping to introduce the children to the modern ways of the game.
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“For some time now, Ghana’s tennis has taken a downward trend so the only way we can find a lasting solution is through these development pathways where players are given the opportunity to experience the best technical, physical and complete tennis training”.
“The Ghana Tennis Federation cannot do it alone so it’s a good thing that my team and I have come on board to help find an immediate solution to this downward trend. Returning to my motherland, Ghana to give back to the society has always been a dream so we will work hard to achieve the best results", he added.
Mr Mensah, who is on holidays in Ghana, was joined by International Tennis Federation (ITF) Level 2 Coach, Yahaya Maccauley, George Abban and Andrew Taylor as resource persons for the clinic.
In another development PM Sports last Thursday introduced the game of tennis to students of the Vilac International School at Achimota in Accra.
The one-day tennis clinic, which was organised upon invitation by the school authorities, was aimed at discovering talents for the 2017 inter-schools competition to be staged later this year.
Over 50 students aged 8 to 14 participated in the event and they were taken through topics such as racquet control, rally over the net and how to socialize and play in a team.
In an interview with Graphic Online, Mr Peter Mensah, founder of PM Sports Foundation said introducing young players to the game will help to fill the vacuum that will be created when senior players retire.
He added that kids were trained in the latest techniques in the sports under the theme 'catch them young' and commended the authorities of the school for the invitation.
Speaking at the event, headmistress of the school, Madam Eunice Adjei-Wiredu, expressed appreciation to leadership of PM Sports adding she was happy with the level of energy and commitment shown by the kids.
This event has lived up to expectation and I think that if we continuous like this will help to discover talents not only for this school but for the national tennis teams”, she said