The community of Vosloorus has received a massive boost with the completion of the renovation project for the Vosloorus Tennis Club’s facility, as part of the Gauteng Sports Confederation and the Gauteng Gambling Board’s partnership to upgrade community sports facilities across the province
Under the programme some 16 projects — including the upgrading of facilities for football; netball, squash, baseball, tennis, boxing — around Gauteng have been identified and are at various stages of completion.
The Vosloorus Tennis Club, has produced players who have progressed to the provincial team and has had ongoing junior development programmes in place for four years. The facility was however in a state of disrepair. The clubhouse needed an upgrade, the courts need re-surfacing and the ablution facility needed painting.
“All this has been completed and the centre continues to attract youths in the area who are benefitting from the development and personal growth experienced through their participation in sport,” said club chairman Malatsi Madoda. “With our upgrade we are very confident that we can continue to appeal to young and old in the community to take up the sport.”
He said the entire community would benefit from the upgrades promised by this project. “On behalf of Vosloorus Tennis Club we would like to thank everybody who made it possible for us to be able to have a brand new tennis court and lines repainted and fixing of the fencing. We really appreciate it from bottom of our hearts!”
GSC Secretary General Yaseen Lombard said they were very happy with the completion of the Vosloorus project but that much work still needed to be done.
“The main objective of the project is to assist in the creation of sustainable sporting environments. This will enable communities across Gauteng to participate in regular sporting activity and promote healthy, physically active lifestyles,” said Lombard.
“We are happy with the progress made around the province to date and while it could be faster, we are concentrating on high standard of work so that it will benefit the communities in the long run.”
The project is being implemented in line with the Gauteng Gambling Board’s sports facility development programme that aims to alleviate community hardship emanating from social and developmental challenges.