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Youths given opportunity to showcase talents

Story by Mhlomuli Ncube

The Hwange community is excited about the development of sport in the mining town after a tennis academy was launched this Wednesday.

The academy is part of an initiative to ensure youths have access to modern sports facilities and mentorship in the district.

“I think if I am supported, I can do well and I know myself as a very confident person,” said an aspiring tennis player.

Another said, “I love tennis and I will keep playing it to improve my game.”

The community is convinced the academy will keep children off the streets in addition to producing future tennis stars.

“When we do this, we know our children stand a chance to be giants in the sport one day,” a parent said, adding they want to ensure youths are not on the streets or doing drugs.

Madzivanyika Academy director Henry Madzivanyika said, “Hwange has always been a citadel of different sports. We want to also raise tennis stars who will put Hwange on the map once again.”

The academy will also give young people from different schools in Hwange an opportunity to train under the guidance of professional coaches.

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