WINDHOEK, 17 SEP (NAMPA) -
There is a desperate need for tennis coaches in Namibia and this is resulting in the slow development of this sports code in the country.
This was confirmed by the president of the Namibia Tennis Association (NTA), Samson Kaulinge, during a media event in the capital on Tuesday.
This is one of the reasons why the association has arranged a mini-tennis tournament at Omaruru. The event will take place from 24 to 26 September at Luna Park.
The tournament will not only focus on the development of talent, but will also serve as a platform to engage with teachers and members of the public interested in being trained as tennis coaches.
According to Kaulinge, there has been an increase in the interest of learners and members of society in playing the game, but there is a shortage of coaches.
He added that there is a need to create more awareness of the game, as the perception exists that tennis is only for people of a particular ethnic group, and it is a 'new' sport for the local community.
Kaulinge also noted that the sport can be enjoyed from a young age, adding "It is the kind of sport one can play up to the age of 80."
The mini tournament will focus on children between the ages of 10 and 14. The NTA's tennis development coordinator Kallie Heese said they will make use of equipment that is user-friendly for beginners.
"The format we will be using will be an easy one that can be managed even by those who have never played tennis before," Heese said.
He explained that they will use lower nets, soft balls, small rackets and also smaller courts for the young ones.
According to him, the balls that will be used will be softer and bigger in size and is therefore 75 per cent slower when in the air.
Kaulinge said the NTA has helped a lot in the creation of awareness regarding the game of tennis amongst young Namibians.
"A reasonable number of those who represented Namibia in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, at the Confederation of School Sport Association of Southern Africa (Cossasa) games have gone through our training programme," he said.