January 9, 2014 By Sahr Morris Jr.
Secretary General of the Sierra Leone Lawn Tennis Association (SLTA), Yayah Koroma, has revealed that his association will soon sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Hill Station Club Management for the lease of the Hill Station Tennis Courts.
The SLTA since May 2011 has been trying to secure the tennis courts for the construction of a National Tennis Centre, but the former executive headed by Kelvin Kellie had failed to achieve such move.
However, Koroma – who was and is still the association’s scribe, revealed that their move will soon become a reality.
He said: “Since the visit of the International Tennis Federation (ITF)’s Development Officer for West, Central and North Africa who came to Freetown on a needs assessment visit, the association forwarded a proposal for the construction of a National Tennis Centre. This has been a very big challenge for us since 2011 to secure the ideal location – the Hill Station Lawn Tennis Courts – from the Management of Hill Station Club, but this is now becoming a possibility for the association.”
According to Koroma, the members of the Hill Station Club executive are now in the final stage of striking a deal with the SLTA.
“The Hill Station Club Management and the Sierra Leone Lawn Tennis Association will sign a Memorandum of Understanding for the lease of the Hill Station Tennis Courts to the SLTA, and the project will kick-start immediately because ITF are only waiting on them.”
The SLTA scribe further revealed that because of the effective Junior Tennis Initiative (JTI) program they are running through the ITF, the JTI Coordinator Amidu Dumbuya, who doubles as national head coach, has received tennis equipment from ITF to further support the association’s JTI program.