On a beautifully sunny Sunday afternoon, more than 200 children and tennis enthusiasts, along with Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu, thronged the Kallang Tennis Centre to launch the ActiveSG Tennis Academy.
Mr Ng Eng Soon, Senior Director of the ActiveSG Tennis Academy, laid out his vision for the program: “The tennis academy aims to have the local kids who have the passion and potential for tennis to have a pathway to develop themselves.”
Beyond tennis skills, he explained that the academy wants to inculcate life values among their attendees. “Our core values are honour, teamwork and resilience,” he continued.
Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, Grace Fu, (centre, in white) during the launch of the ActiveSG Tennis Academy. Photo: Sport Singapore
In a door-stop interview, Ms Grace Fu, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth echoed those sentiments.
“The idea is really to introduce the sport to as many people as we can. We’d like to reach out to the young kids. Give them a chance to hold a racket and learn about tennis,” she said.
This is the fourth such academy to be launched this year following football, basketball and athletics. The academy will kick off its programs with the ActiveSG Mini-Tennis workshop on 9 July.
The workshop is the first in a slew of activities to engage tennis enthusiast as well as tennis aspirants of all ages. The programs will be geared not only toward elite tennis development but also with the aim of increasing awareness of the sport in Singapore.
ActiveSG Tennis Academy Sport Ambassador, Stefanie Tan, in action with a participant. Photo: Sport Singapore
Spreading the gospel of tennis is a role that Sport Ambassador, Stefanie Tan takes seriously.
“My role as ambassador is to increase awareness in the sport and really try to get more people to play tennis, whether it’s recreational or competitive tennis,” said Singapore’s No. 1 female player.
Heading the ActiveSG Tennis Academy team is Technical Director, Robert Davis. “As the technical director, one of the main responsibilities is to make the academy a learning centre for parents, for players and for coaches,” said the veteran coach.
Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, Grace Fu, speaks to ActiveSG Tennis Academy Technical Director Robert Davis (third from right) and Sport Ambassador Stefanie Tan (second from right). Photo: Sport Singapore
Lim Cheun Siang, an engineer, is one such parent present during the launch on Sunday who wanted “to give him (his son) an idea of what mini-tennis is about, induce an interest in tennis in him and get some exposure on the court.”
To find our more about how you can make tennis a part of your life, please visit the ActiveSG Tennis Academy page for more information.