Monday, March 4, 2024

BTA receives timely shot in the arm

Botswana Tennis Association (BTA)’s tennis development endeavours received a major boost with the arrival of Persistently Giving More (PGM) as their new partners.

PMG comes on board as sponsors of BTA’s upcoming Junior Tennis Tournament which is scheduled to take place from February 2nd to the 4th 2018.

According to the chairman of PGM Thola Magang, the nonprofit making charity organisation will fork out a sum of P25 000 to sponsor the tournament. Magang, who is also the founder of PGM said this will be an annual partnership with BTA. He added that their coming on board as sponsors was in line with what they do as a non-profitable making charity organization.

“We are here to help young players to compete not only locally but internationally. This event is in line with what we do as an organization which is to bring development to youth,” Magang said.

Magang noted that as this partnership is new much cannot be said regarding its future, as much is yet to be discovered.

He however said any continuation of the partnership or increment of the sponsorship will depend on the growth of the tournament and the heavy demand for it.

Public Relations Officer for BTA, Sheldon Benzah, noted that they are targeting players all around Africa adding that this is not a local based event as it also accommodates all neighbouring affiliates. They hope to register about 150 plus kids to take part in this once in a year event.

The three day event is said to host under 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18.  While the sponsorship money is not prize money but rather to buy necessary requirements for the tournament; the money is said to buy medals, trophies, t- shirts and balls just to name a few.

The aim of this tournament is to said to give the junior participants exposure and proper preparation for the African Junior Tennis Tournament; which takes in April, August and December. Benzah noted that this is a feeding exercise for the juniors to help them keep fit and ready.

While it will be used for preparations by players seeking to compete in the African Tennis Tournament, the BTA PRO however said it will not be limited to them only.

He said the tournament targets all junior tennis players across the globe. Benzah expressed hope that the tournament will attract the best junior players from the region and internationally so as to give local players a tough but much needed competition.

Benzah was however optimistic that local players will excel in the tournament as some of them ‘are the top players in South Africa and will be hoping for gold medals.’


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