Harare Province Hosts TGI Coach Development Initiative
Ellina Mhlanga Senior Sports Journalist
Harare Metropolitan Tennis Board chairman Walter Jera said the coaching seminars run by Total Greatness International (TGI) are key to complementing their grassroots development efforts.
TGI is a non-profit organization that seeks to develop tennis in Zimbabwe and was founded by one of the country‘s top players, Takanyi Garanganga.
One of the priority areas of the organization is building the capacity of local coaches and teachers.
In a move meant to contribute to local sport, TGI is holding coaching seminars in three provinces.
The seminars are led by Martin Rocca and Abel Rincon from TennisAid, an organization based in Spain.
The first took place in Harare on Monday at the Old Hararians Sports Club with a focus on the basics of the sport in junior development.
Jera said they are grateful for TGI’s initiative as it complements their junior development efforts.
“Certainly, as in all other sports, the development of juniors is central to the execution of any sport if you want to excel in competitive sport. So, for us Harare Metropolitan Tennis Board, we embarked on the development of our juniors, starting from the base, ie our districts.
“What we have in these centers are sometimes volunteers who coach our children, hence the centrality and importance of this program where we have now received these Spanish coaches, who have been involved in the game at a level superior.
“So we are delighted and very grateful that they agreed to come and pass on their knowledge to our tennis developers… We are really grateful to Takanyi Garanganga,” said Jera.
Rocca and Rincon are expected to lead two more seminars in Bulawayo and Mutare on Wednesday and Friday respectively.