STUDENTS of Mont’ Kiara International School (M’kis) in Kuala Lumpur now have two new outdoor tennis courts.
The construction stemmed from their rising interest in tennis.
M’kis business director Datuk Clinton Ho said the two tennis courts cost over RM200,000.
Youth and Sports Minister Hannah Yeoh, who launched the tennis courts, commended the school for investing in an additional sports facility and for prioritising recreation over commercial interests.
“I hope that the school’s management will consider opening up the facility to the local community here,” said Yeoh, who is also Segambut MP.
“If there are friendly events and competitions between the students and local community, the kampung kids will pick up an interest in the sport.”
She said her ministry was working with malls to create spaces within the shopping centres where sports could be promoted.
“For children, the challenge today is finding space and time for physical activities.
“I hope they get a chance to pick up a racquet (to play sports),” she added.
Yeoh was referencing recent statistics by Health Minister Dr Zaliha Mustafa who said four out of five teenagers in the country were physically inactive.
M’kis head of school Robert Cody said physical fitness and well-being were pillars of the school’s educational philosophy.
“The school imparts vital life skills to students through sports, such as teamwork, sportsmanship and leadership.
“Our commitment to sports extends beyond the tennis courts.
“The campus also houses a 25m swimming pool, sports field for football, touch rugby, softball, track and field, and climbing walls.
“We also have an indoor air-conditioned sports hall for basketball, volleyball, badminton and futsal,” he said.