Tennis South Africa (TSA), has launched an initiative to help tennis coaches and officials that have been affected by the current coronavirus pandemic.
TSA joined hands with former South African Davis Cup and Fed Cup captain, John-Laffnie de Jager, and the Caring Daisies charity to launch the Tennis Cares fundraising drive.
It is a campaign aimed at supporting registered tennis coaches and technical officials that have been affected by the current pandemic.
“This is an unprecedented national crisis and we welcome the opportunity to stand together with JL and the Caring Daisies to support our tennis community,” Richard Glover, the CEO of TSA said.
“Simply put that without coaches and technical officials we do not have a sport.”
Ken Smith, President of Gauteng East Tennis Association added:
“On behalf of all our registered Gauteng East coaches and technical officials, we are thankful to TSA, John-Laffnie and Caring Daises for this fundraiser.”
“I can confirm that the coaches and officials have not been earning any income due to the lockdown restrictions. They are desperately in need of some sort of assistance.”
The lockdown began on March 26th in South Africa and due to that, tennis coaches and technical officials have been unable to work. As tennis venues and other sports facilities have been closed, there are no TSA tournaments being played currently.
The team has reached out to tennis supporters and players across the country to contribute towards providing relief for critical members of the tennis community.
An independent panel will determine who receives support and funds will be distributed on a weekly basis through electronic food vouchers that can be used at retailers.