Tennis academy sends players for overseas coaching

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Lagos – The International Tennis Academy (ITA) has sent a second batch of players for internship and training at the Clark Francis (CF) Tennis Academy in Dubai.

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This is contained in a statement on Monday in Lagos.

It said that the players, who left recently for the academy, included Innocent Offikwu – Kaduna, Lawrence Idoko – Abuja, Pekun Akinwande and Michael Eludoyin – Lagos.

According to the statement, they are expected to join Bolaji Olawepo, Kehinde Alade, and Samuel Omoile – Lagos and Ambrose Adoga – Kaduna who left in 2014.

“The players, who are being trained as coaches, are expected to gain enough experience to come back as high performance coaches.

“They are expected to take the junior talents that are coming up to the next level.[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”70560″]

“We need to collaborate with the Nigeria Tennis Federation for a holistic development of tennis.

“We are lucky we can use our network and goodwill from friends and ex-staff of the ITA in the CF Academy to facilitate this,’’ it quoted Godwin Kienka, Director of the academy as saying.

“We are also looking forward to having similar support programs with academies in the U.S. and the United Kingdom in the near future.

“The expected programme might include having renowned coaches from these academies to run workshops and seminars for coaches.”

It said that the coaches would acquire top level coaching knowledge and experience that would benefit the country.

NAN reports that, the CF Tennis Academy is the largest, most influential tennis academy in the Middle East.

It prides itself with working with the most diverse group of coaches from around the world who train over 5, 000 players of different levels in their various programmes every week. (NAN)

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