Johan Cruyff Africa Junior Camp Returns To Soweto
Wheelchair Tennis South Africa (WTSA) announced today that the Ninth International Tennis Federation (ITF) Johan Cruyff Africa Junior Camp will return to Arthur Ashe Tennis Centre in Jabavu, Soweto from 30 September to 2 October to continue the development of future wheelchair tennis champions.
The Johan Cruyff Foundation, named after the legendary Dutch footballer, was founded in 1997 with the aim of giving children the opportunity to play and be active.
The prestigious Africa junior event will see players from 35 centres across South Africa and players from Tanzania rolling in at Arthur Ashe to receive high quality skills development and exposure on the international court.
The three-day junior camp will be led by national coach Kgotso Matshego, as well as top local regional coaches and coaches from Tanzania who will be imparting the player’s skills to the future stars.
The camp is designed to both improve the level of play of the juniors, and earmark high-performing nations and identify Africa’s next top talent. Coaches will focus primarily on tactics and advanced mobility drills, while a concurrent tournament will give the players an opportunity to display their skills. A coaches’ conference will run simultaneously with the camp and the tournament, providing coaches with the opportunity to exchange ideas and gain knowledge.
Camp Director Patrick Selepe said, “This is a terrific opportunity for the junior players across the continent to receive a high quality skills development and to compete against each other. By holding these camps over the years has been instrumental in providing opportunities to identify and cultivate the future stars of our sport.”