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Johan Cruyff foundation celebrate a milestone in development

The Johan Cruyff Foundation, founded by European footballer of the century Johan Cruyff is celebrating 10 years of involvement in wheelchair tennis development by sponsoring and attending coaching clinics in Moutse Village, Elandsdoorn and Ithembelihle Special School in Primrose, Germiston from 30 January to 2 February 2013.

Esther Vergeer, the most successful wheelchair tennis player in history who owns one of the longest winning streaks ever in world sport will be coming to South Africa for coaching clinics as Cruyff Foundation ambassador.

The Cruyff Foundation are donating R120 000-00 towards purchasing wheelchair tennis equipment and coaching for over 6 villages in the Elandsdoorn area. This sponsorship will bolster the development programme initiated by Airports Company South Africa.

The Cruyff Foundation Wheelchair Tennis Development Fund was set up in 2002 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of wheelchair tennis and aims to establish sustainable wheelchair tennis programmes in developing nations. South Africa was one of the first countries identified by the fund, and today is one of the most successful! South Africa not only participates in the BNP Paribas World Team Cup, the Cruyff Foundation International Junior Camp in Africa & Europe, the Paralympic Games, but has also hosts six international events annually. We have athletes ranked in the top 10 in the world, have the second most athletes on the world ranking, are one of three countries to have athletes compete in all three categories in the Paralympics.

World number one and Cruyff Foundation ambassador Esther Vergeer will be jetting into the country this week (January 30 – February 3) to meet some of the younger players and share her story.

Esther Vergeer is the most successful wheelchair tennis player in history and owns one of the longest winning streaks ever in world sport. By the end of 2012 she had won 470 consecutive matches since her last loss on 30 January 2003.

Vergeer is a seven-time Paralympic gold medallist, having won singles and doubles gold medals at Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004, while she won her third successive singles gold medal in 2008 in Beijing, where she was also a silver medallist in the women’s doubles.

Vergeer won her sixth and seventh Paralympic gold medals in the women’s singles and doubles events at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, which was her last competitive appearance of 2012. Vergeer’s victory in the women’s singles gold medal match at the London 2012 Paralympic Games took her unbeaten winning streak to 470 matches.

About the Cruyff Foundation

The Johan Cruyff Foundation supports and stimulates sports and play for children worldwide. Special attention is being paid to children with a physical disability as sports and play are particularly important for them.

The Cruyff Foundation supports all kind of sports projects, from street soccer to sit volleyball, from wheelchair basketball to swimming, from ice skating to horseback riding -not only in the Netherlands, but worldwide.

The Cruyff Foundation also works together with Esther Vergeer and the Esther Vergeer Foundation, organizing wheelchair tennis, basketball and athletics clinics for disabled children.

Wheelchair Tennis South Africa and Airports Company South Africa Partnership:

The Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) is the official sponsor of Wheelchair Tennis South Africa and the sport of wheelchair tennis. Airports Company South Africa has contributed no less than R26-million to date and has committed to a continued investment in the sport as its flagship Corporate Social Investment programme.

For more information please contact Siya Nkachela 082 679 3772 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Published by The BLD Group