The International Tennis Federation (ITF) person in-charge of Development Projects, Mr Frank Couraud (pictured on Left of Front row), was in Vila last week to meet with VTF and VASANOC.

He met with VASANOC President, Mr Antoine Boudier, Secretary General, Mr Cyrille Mainguy, CEO, Henry Tavoa and SDO, James Malau and Francis Bryard SG of the VTF.

Discussions focused on Coach Education for Tennis coaches and the proposal for Vanuatu to host a Level 1 Tennis Coaching Course early next year including the Regional Training Centre based in Lautoka in Fiji.

Mr Boudier thanked Mr Couraud for taking the time to come over given that it is rare for an IF personnel to readily make it to Vanuatu given the distance. He added that VASANOC was supportive of such proposal because it believes that with the coming of the Pacific Games in 2017, sport will be a big player in national development especially within these next four years and upgrading the capacity of sports human resources is a key strategic move not only for Tennis, but also for sport in general.

Mr Couraud was accompanied by Mr Gene Ridgeway (Pictured in Red T-Shirt) the Director of the Regional Tennis Center in Lautoka, Fiji. Mr Ridgeway also confirmed that Ni-Vanuatu student, Ms Lorraine Banimataku was being re-invited to the center for another year next year and was happy that two of the Vanuatu Junior players were invited to tour in the ITF Teams. He confirmed that Emma Maucotel who is only 12 will be touring New Zealand in December to play in tournaments and Lorraine Banimataku will be touring Australia in January with the Junior ITF team.

Tennis was the first sport to establish a schools outreach program in the mid-1990's and its ANZ Mini-Tennis Program is one of (if not the best) in the region and has produced the likes of the current Tennis champions that made its win the Outstandind Team of 2011 Team Vanuatu to the New Caledonia's Pacific Games.  


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