At least 100 junior tennis players from the age of 6-18 will compete at Malawi Academy of Sports (MAS) tournament to be held this coming weekend at the Blantyre Youth Centre (BYC).
The tournament which is being sponsored by the Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) has been organized with the aim of enhancing player participation and retention by 50%, initiate mental health session, analyzing player performance by checking usage of game strategies and situations at all levels and update performance ladder of all court levels.
Players will compete in different categories which include special Olympics level 1,2,3, unified doubles, red court, orange court, green court, 12 and under, 14 and under, 16 and under and 18 and under. Winners in different categories will be awarded gold, silver and bronze medals.
All players who will take part in the tournament will receive notebooks and pens as 44 players who are registered under the MAS program were affected by Cyclone Freddy which affected the southern part of Malawi. One player lost his life while most of them lost their homes and belongings.
The MAS program is a junior development project which was initiated by MNCS in order to fill up the gap that exist at grassroot sport development in Malawi and exist in all the regions across the country. The sporting codes involved in the MAS project include Tennis, Football, Netball, Athletics, Basketball and Table tennis.