leading sporting goods firm, World of Sports, has come forward to support the PJ Club-Lighthouse junior tennis programme.
Its executive director Saw Swee Leong said they were pleased to be part of the programme.
“We were told that the programme was a joint venture between PJ Club and Lighthouse Children Welfare Home. Some of the trainees are doing well in local competitions.
“A well-wisher had approached us and we decided to provide tennis shoes to the elite trainees in the programme. We are looking into sponsoring attire for the trainees.
“We consider the support as part of World of Sports' CSR programme. We hope to see some of the less fortunate juniors excel in tennis.
“We will also monitor the training programme as well as the trainees’ progress. We will look into ways to assist them,’’ said Swee Leong
PJ Club tennis section convenor Gopi Pillay said they were grateful to World of Sports for the support.
“It was timely as the trainees were in need of proper tennis shoes. We would like to assure World of Sports that we will ensure that their contribution is well-utilised.
“The trainees have a responsibility to excel in tennis. We are also keen to assist the trainees to do well in their studies,’’ said Gopi.
The PJ Club, one of the pioneer clubs in Petaling Jaya, had initiated the tennis programme in 2007. About 30 children from the Lighthouse Children Welfare Home were involved in the programme.
The coaches were professional tennis coach S.N. Syed Omar and former international P. Selvarajoo. About 30 children from the home in Bangsar have been training under coaches Syed Omar and Selvarajoo.
Several members, including former hockey international K. Balasingam who played for Malaysia in the 1975 World Cup, are also involved in the programme.
Training sessions are held on weekends. Some of the elite trainees are invited for mid-week training sessions.
Gopi said the trainees were also sent for local age-group competitions.
“Some of them have won medals in the Selangor Tennis Association (STA) monthly medal competitions and other age group championships. The time has come for them to venture outside the country.
“We are also short of funds. We have been lucky as Hong Kong-based Action Sports Foundation (ASF) has also been supporting us financially. Well-wishers have also been providing breakfast and lunch on training days which we are grateful for,’’ said Gopi.
In conjunction with the sponsorship ceremony with World of Sports, the distributors of Head brand in Malaysia, PJ Club also initiated a American Doubles championships.
Six trainees – Rebecca Hamteswari, Patrick Poowarasan, Leslie Chung Lik Quink, Rachel Eswari Kannan, Mishalini Francis David and Shirley Nicole Steven- partnered PJ Club members.
The American Doubles event, Gopi added, gave an opportunity to the PJ Club members to interact with the trainees.
“After playing and watching them, the members were impressed and some had offered to help financially. It was a good gesture and we certainly appreciate their support,’’ said Gopi.
For details on the programme, call PJ Club at 03-7956 9991.