ITA sends second batch of tennis coaches on overseas training
The players are Innocent Offikwu from Kaduna, Lawrence Idoko from Abuja, Pekun Akinwande and Michael Eludoyin from Lagos.
They joined Bolaji Olawepo, Kehinde Alade, Samuel Omoile from Lagos and Ambrose Adoga from Kaduna, who left the country early 2014.
The players, according to the ITA, were selected with due consideration for their tennis skills, comportment, educational levels and ability to learn.
Godwin Kienka, director of the ITA, said the players, now coaches, are expected to gain enough experience and training to come back as high-performance coaches that should take the great number of junior talents that are coming up to the next level.
“We have to have, in cooperation with the Nigeria Tennis Federation, a holistic development of tennis and we are lucky we can use our network and goodwill from friends and ex staff of the ITA in the CF Academy, to facilitate this. These coaches can earn decent wages and then acquire top level coaching knowledge and experience, which will benefit Nigeria in the long run. We are doing our best to ensure that every section of the nation benefits.
“We are also looking forward to having similar support programmes with academies in the USA and the United Kingdom in the near future, which might include having renowned coaches from these academies come and run workshops and seminars for groups of coaches,” Kienka Said.
The CF Tennis Academy, according to postings on their websites, is the largest, most influential and prestigious tennis academy in the Middle East and the name is said to be synonymous with excellence, strong values and constant growth.