The Bulawayo Metropolitan Province Tennis Board (BMPTB) in collaboration with the National Association of Secondary School Heads (Nash) in the city has embarked on a schools tennis league which started at Northlea High School on Friday.
The schools that will be taking part in the league are Northlea, Hamilton, Sizane, Gifford, St Columbus, Milton, Eastview and Founders in the senior boys’ league while the girls’ senior league will comprise Northlea, Eveline, Montrose, Townsend, Eastview, Sizane and Founders.
Board chairman Adam Joelson yesterday said Northlea has been tasked to take charge of the league and all the Friday games were played at the school which has been provided with balls and nets.
“The league started on Friday and is a baby of the board and Nash. The whole idea is to revamp tennis in the other schools that were no longer participating in the sport. We will run the league this term for seniors (i.e Form Three to Upper Six) because we don’t want to disturb them next term when they write examinations.
“We want the league to end on July 26 and the top two schools from these will join the other schools that are active in the sport in another league. The juniors, that is Forms one and two will have their league next term,” Joelson said.
The schools that are active in tennis are Christian Brothers College (CBC) and Falcon College in Esigodini in the boys section while Girls College and Convent are active in the girls section.
“We have provided balls and nets to Northlea but our main thrust in the long run is to provide all the participating schools with equipment. The games on Friday were quite fair and we realise that there is potential. We discovered that there is indeed a lot of talent,” Joelson said.
In the games played on Friday, Northlea beat St Columbus, 5-0 in both the boys and girls categories. St Columbus went on to beat Founders 3-2 in the boys section and 4-1 in the girls category. Gifford cruised 4-1 past Milton. The league continues on Saturday at Northlea.