Uganda Lawn Tennis Association is set to launch grass-root tennis program on December 10 according to the tennis body’s chairman Cedric Babu.
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“We are set to launch a grassroots tennis program next month that will last for five years and will be spread country-wide,” Babu stated. “The objective of the program is to have 200 kids playing in tennis Kampala,Mbale,Jinja,Soroti,Mbarara and Gulu.”
The program will first start in Lugogo tennis center and will have kids between the age of 4-6,6-8 and 10-14 playing in groups like Tiny Tots,Kangaroos and Zebras that is on Mondays from 4-5pm,5-6pm and 6-7pm with a total of 12 kids in each of the categories. The program will run for six days of the week and will have a monthly evaluation(progress and competition),but all the set of players will meet on Saturday for the coaches to access their progress they will be watched keenly by a team that has national tennis coach John Oduke,Patrick Luyinda,Robert Buyinza,Edward Odocoken,Joseph Lutaaya,James Odong and ULTA tennis administrator and coach John Kasule.
The programme will be supported by Roko Construction,Victoria University and the Eye magazine. The program will be officially launched on December 16. ULTA wants the country to have over 200 young tennis players for the future.