• Kenyan youngsters to tour UK

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Apr 22, 2011-

12 youthful Tennis players will leave the country next week for a two week long tour of the UK. 

The young stars from Malezi School will have a chance to visit UK’s top Tennis schools and play with some of the emerging talents in Europe as part of developing and promoting emerging talents from Africa.

“I hope this trip will give an opportunity to these young stars to gain experience in tennis and to some it is a dream come true,” said tour organizer and Malezi School Director, Liz Odera.

The players who will be captained by Burundian national who is furthering his tennis skills in the country was carefully selected from current top seed from the Malezi, Banda and Hillcrest Schools.

The players include among others, the current number one in U-16 tennis Africa cup Lorner Bwejje, Emily Stone-wigg number 2 in the TAC and Hillcrest pupil Portia Munira currently number one in the U16.

Others include the unbeaten and Banda school student Georgia Taylor, number One in the U16 boys category, East Africa Number 2 in the ITF/CAT and also top Doubles and Singles in the Schools Nationals Amadi Kagoma (C), Jimmy Luvembe, Richard Onyango Euan Nesbitt, David Nesbitt, Henry Ayesige and Zachari Okon’go. 

Captain Kagoma said his team to gain fully from the development partnership between England and Kenya and also try to record good results in their matches.

They will have the opportunity to visit Hailebury, Oundile, Repton, Alton Towers and Milfield schools before flying back on May,11.

The various schools will carter for their meals and accommodation while they are in the UK. Virgin Atlantic airline sponsored their air tickets at a tune of Ksh.1.5m

Virgin Atlantic Director in Kenya, David Rose said that his organization plan to have more of partnership programs to help develop sporting talent in the country adding that the program will run every year.

 “The tour came at the right time when tennis sport is picking up in the country and the experience gain will help the juniors furthering their experience in the sports as they interact with the rest of the world,” said Rose

“I urge you to take seriously this tour and the sport in general as it will help you gain the necessary experience as you will be interacting with the world.”

Malezi School has won accolades topping the National School game (Tennis) for the last 11 years in a row.

 

Elvince Joshua

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