CF Tennis Academy is much more than just a sports academy. For almost a decade, we have been the only academy to offer free school training for both teams and curriculum PE lessons throughout the country. This program regularly engages almost 1,000 students nationwide and provides full-time coaches offering weekly services to ensure players are ready for competitions which we are the only academy to provide for schools!
In 2017, more than 350 players joined us after the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships for the National Schools Championships. Three separate days and three age categories saw schools from Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi battle for this prestigious title. That same year, CF Tennis Academy hosted almost 2,000 children on the courts during the DDFTC Kids Days. More than half these kids were able to get on the courts and play which led to selected lucky ones playing with French Open Champion Jelena Ostapenko and Former World Number 1 Doubles players Jean Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau!
Our commitment to schools and the development of tennis in the UAE may be a deciding factor, however the most recent addition to our programs is, without doubt, the most rewarding and life-changing of them all. More4all saw CF Tennis Academy branch out to a completely new and unique area of the sport. Tennis for Special Needs has been played for years throughout the world, however it had always been sparse in the UAE due to lack of facilities and funding the opportunities for those less fortunate. Thanks to the incredibly selfless efforts of our team, we boast voluntary training programs for more than 300 special needs students each week all over the UAE.
Whether for children with mild special needs in mainstream education or to severe sensory levels in Dubai Centre for Special Needs, our team dedicate themselves to multiple hours per week providing professional training to children and adults who may never have had the opportunity before. These weekly sessions culminate in 2 Special Needs clinics which we again host at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships where these amazing athletes light up the courts with their smiles and professionals like French Davis Cup star Jeremy Chardy, British Davis Cup Winner Dom Inglot amongst many others come to support our drive to ensure all people of the UAE have the same opportunities to play our beautiful sport.
Finally, CF Tennis Academy also provides support to charities worldwide. We send all our old racquets, balls, equipment and clothing to projects in Uganda, Ethiopia and Nigeria whilst also creating a training program for up and coming coaches to educate and certify them. By working with some of the most passionate and knowledgeable tutors the region has ever seen, we provide opportunities to learn from the best and take new skills a assists aspiring coaches to reach levels previously not possible.
CF Tennis Academy is so much more than a provider of tennis lessons. We care about tennis. The longevity and growth of the sport in the region is top of our priorities and we can hold our heads up high knowing we cannot be rivalled or compared when devotion to the sport is brought into question.