BNP Paribas RCS Rising Star Tennis has introduced that it’s going to prolong the attain to extra kids and colleges to make a much bigger distinction by way of social improvement initiatives because the programme returns for a extremely anticipated third version in 2022.
This comes after the official sponsor of the French Open at Roland Garros, title sponsor of the Fed Cup and main different event and their wholly owned client finance subsidiary RCS introduced their continued dedication to the partnership with Tennis South Africa (TSA).
Launched in 2019, the Tennis SA improvement undertaking concerned over 2 000 kids and practically 400 main colleges.
After a break in 2020 because of the Covid-19 lockdown, the collection returned final yr, reaching over 3 000 kids from practically 800 colleges in 40 districts round SA after the marketing campaign was expanded to incorporate highschool and wheelchair tennis divisions.
Catering for main, highschool and wheelchair tennis gamers this yr, the BNP Paribas RCS Rising Star Tennis collection will goal 1 200 colleges because it continues to develop the game of tennis by way of grassroots improvement which can take the sport to the youth across the nation, together with deprived communities.
This yr’s focus will tackle the scarcity of apparatus and enjoying surfaces by together with a number of tennis activations, with a deal with Namakwa (Northern Cape), Mafikeng (North-West). Ehlanzeni (Mpumalanga) and Central Karoo (Western Cape) the place tennis tools will probably be donated to colleges in these communities to assist them put together for the collection.
CEO of BNP Paribas Corporate and Investment Banking (CIB) South Africa, Kieran Fahy stated they’re delighted that the Rising Star Tennis Initiative will probably be persevering with for a 3rd yr.
“It has already achieved so much success in terms of growing grass roots tennis in South Africa. Tennis is part of BNP Paribas’ DNA, and the Group supports many tennis initiatives across the world.”
CEO of RCS Group, Regan Adams stated sport is among the most vital types of social upliftment and mobility.
“We only need to look at the history of our country to understand the potential that sport holds to unite and uplift us. The Rising Star Initiative therefore perfectly aligns to our Social Responsibility focus of uplifting youths through sport.”
This yr’s marketing campaign will assist 24 colleges across the nation, together with Baikagetse Primary School in Daveyton, with the sponsors having dedicated to offering tools to create extra alternatives for the youth in these communities.
Entries for the 2022 BNP Paribas RCS Rising Star Tennis collection will open on 13 April and shut on 31 May.
This yr’s district and provincial occasions will probably be held throughout South Africa between June and October, and the Finals will probably be performed between 4-6 November in Gauteng.