Sakumono Tennis Club will come alive today as the 2017 Youth Tennis League takes off with over 50 juvenile tennis stars set to do battle for various categories of prizes at stake.
The league, dubbed “Baj Freight Junior Tennis League”, is organised by the leadership of the Sakumono Tennis Club in collaboration with other clubs in the Tema and Ashaiman Metropolis and is solely sponsored by the Baj Freight and Logistics Limited based in Tema.
The participants, who were selected based on their performances in their various clubs, will be divided into five categories – Under-8, U-10, U-12, U-14 and U-16 - to play in a round-robin after which players who accumulate more points will be declared winners.
According to the chairman of the Organising Committee, Mr Kojo Stephens, the remaining league matches after today would be played once in a month on every second Saturday till the end of the year.
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Mr Stephens explained that the main objective of the league is to promote education and health through sports, as well as unearth talents in children around the Sakumono, Tema and Ashaiman areas.
“The Youth Tennis League intends to revive the juvenile tennis activities which once produced champions such as Henry Adjei-Darko, Michael Nortey, Salifu Mohammed and others who marketed Ghana beyond the shores of this country,” he said.
Winners of the various categories will have their school fees catered for and will also receive sponsorship to participate in other tennis tournaments, while all participants will take home medals and tennis items.