Tennis Players in Kenya to benefit from Scholarships

In 2008, as an 18-year-old senior in high school, Collins Agwanda founded Victoria Tennis Academy along with two of his classmates; an organization that teaches tennis to children aged six to 17 in the poorest regions of Kenya. -InformAfrica

Sports In Africa – Tennis players across Western Kenya region have a reason to smile following series of 2013 plans and programs set to be unveiled in February this year by Victoria Tennis Academy and Shining Hope For Kids-Kenya and USA.

Kenya Lawn Tennis, Victoria Tennis Academy Kenya
In 2008, as an 18-year-old senior in high school, Collins Agwanda founded Victoria Tennis Academy along with two of his classmates; an organization that teaches tennis to children aged six to 17 in the poorest regions of Kenya. (Photo credit: Michezoafrika.com)

Speaking in Kisumu County over the weekend, Victoria Tennis Academy Director, and Co-Founder of Shining Hope For Kids-USA, Collins Agwanda said his teams in Kenya and USA have developed good structures which will go a long way to benefit orphans and vulnerable children across the slums and villages in Western Kenya region.

“We have introduced Bursary and Scholarships to be awarded to deserving orphans and vulnerable children who majorly play tennis upon successful application.” Said Agwanda. He further said application for bursary and scholarships is now ongoing and urged tennis players across Western Kenya region to take advantage of it. “We target Primary and Secondary Students only. And we are planning to expand to colleges when the right time comes” he added. The deadline for application is Thursday, 10th of this month.

On tournaments, Agwanda said the events calendar will be launched the same February at the same time when Bursary will be disbursed to successful applicants. “We have series of tournaments to be played in Kisumu, Migori, Siaya, Kakamega, Eldoret and Nakuru Counties and we take this opportunity to urge corporate bodies to come on board and sponsor.” he said. Agwanda thanked Safaricom, Equity Bank, Friends of Victoria Tennis Academy in USA & Europe and Hon. Shakeel Shabbir for their continuous support they have been giving to there locally organized tournaments.

Collins Agwanda, Victoria Tennis Academy
Standing inside the baseline, Collins Agwanda demonstratses a forehand and volley drill as his young students watched attentively.

During the same time, the academy will launched its training curriculum which was developed and currently being used in top tennis academies in USA and Europe. “The curriculum will help equip our players to the major international ranking tournaments” he added.

Meanwhile, Migori County Tennis Programs are fast developing in tandem with the new constitutional dispensation. To develop youth program. Founding Director, CEO of St. David’s Tennis Program and Academy, Okumu Johannes says that it’s all systems go. We encourage all school in the county to take early opportunity and benefit from our soon to rolled out facilitations. He urged corporate bodies and Ministry for Sports to support upcoming grassroots tennis programs.

Vihiga County is also set to benefit on the tennis programs set to be run by the academy and stakeholders across the counties.

Agwanda urged parents to register their children with Victoria Tennis Academy since it’s the future of tennis in this country.

Victoria Tennis Academy is currently running programs in Migosi SDA Primary, Kosawo Primary, Pandpieri Primary and Shining Hope Talent School.

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