The 12th edition of the Catch Them Young, a free tennis clinic for kids, is currently underway in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. The tennis clinic, which began on 12 August at the Port Harcourt Club 1928 will end on the 24th of August.
The program aims to provide free tennis training for boys and girls between the ages of 5 to 10 within Rivers State, and is organized by the Kodian Tennis Foundation.
The foundation, which has an objective to develop and promote tennis in Nigeria, was founded in 2007 and registered as a non-governmental organization in 2012, with Mrs Stella Epegu as the coordinator.
The Catch Them Young project has trained tennis players that have won several laurels for the State.
Here are a few pictures from the event:
Now, another program was organized simultaneously with the Catch Them Young event. This program is coordinated by the Chairman of the Rivers State Tennis Association, who also doubles as the President of the Kodian Tennis Foundation, Chief (Dr.) Ikenna Okafor, and also holds in Port Harcourt.
The 1st edition of the program covered 3 Senatorial Districts in the State- the Port Harcourt District, Omoku District and Bori District. For this 2nd edition, Degema District was included, with the tennis courts around the Districts mostly situated in the rural areas.
This program, which is organized by the Rivers State Tennis Association, encourages primary school kids in those Districts to play tennis and attracts about a 100 of them in every location.
The program has already taken place in the Port Harcourt District, the Omoku District as well as the Degema District. It will next hold in Bori District this week.
At the end of the month, eight kids each from each Local Government will come together for camping. A competition will be organized to test the players and discover the best amongst them, before they return to their respective Local Government Areas.