Justin Jennings who won an award in 2015 as one of the best junior tennis development resource persons will be visiting Nigeria to promote tennis as part of a project called “Better Africa Through Tennis.” Jennings who will be accompanied by a Nigerian born American citizen, Tolu Adeleye, will run clinics for junior players of all levels and coaching courses alongside “absolutely free of charge.”
The clinic is scheduled to open at the Ikoyi Club on Wednesday November 22 starting 10 am and then move to the Meadow Hall School in Lekki on Thursday Nov. 23 starting 10 am. Jennings and his team will engage students of the Greensprings School also in the Lekki axis on Friday Nov. 24 also commencing at 10 am.
Both schools have already lined up over 250 students each split into four or five sessions for the daylong sessions.
The program returns to Ikoyi Club on Saturday Nov. 25 and Sunday Nov. 26 at 10 am.
“There is strength in numbers and we are excited about the potential a huge country like Nigeria can have in world tennis. Great players coming out of Nigeria and indeed Africa can change the mindset of the youths amd impact their economy.” Jennings said, when asked about the motivation behind the project.
The clinic is being coordinated by the International Tennis Academy (ITA) in conjunction with the Nigeria Tennis Federation.
“Admission to the workshop for coaches and junior players at the Ikoyi Club is free and we hope many parents would bring their children so they can get the right start and motivation.” said Godwin Kienka, director of the ITA.