Trivandrum Tennis Club to train poor children

January 22nd, 2009 - 10:18 pm ICT by IANS  

Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 22 (IANS) The Trivandrum Tennis Club (TTC) will provide free training to 100 children from poor families, aiming to make them professional players.”The selected children would be from the below-poverty line (BPL) category. They will be given free training under the guidance of newly appointed Canadian coach Paul Tornquist,” the TTC said in a release here Thursday.

The children will be provided with free breakfast, tennis kits, shoes and racquets. The club has already received 280 applications for the programme that will cost Rs.350,000 annually.

The programme will also focus on equipping the children to earn livelihood in future as coaches, hitters, umpires, linesmen, racquet stringers and even tournament coordinators.

“Apart from tennis we are keen to make them better citizens of tomorrow. Scientific health improvement support will also be the part of the programme,” G. Kishore Kumar, a veteran club member, told IANS.

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