As the curtains were drawn weekend, on the 2013 Chevron Junior Masters tennis , Managing Director of Chevron Nigeria Limited, Andrew Fawthrop has said that Nigeria will regain its position in African tennis I the youths are encouraged to take to the game early in life.
Fawthrop, whose company is in the forefront of tennis development in Nigeria, also believes that the country would be a better tenni nation if the private sector were encouraged to support the government in developing the game. Speaking during the closing ceremony of the 14th edition held at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan, Fawthrop said Chevron was committed to lifting the game from the doldrums through sponsorship of a tennis clinic for children and the junior championship.
According to Fawthrop, who was represented at the event by Chevron’s General Manager, Downstream Gas Strategy and Assets Management, Lanre Kalejaiye, “Our support for sports development is premised on the vital role sports play in improving health of the youths and enhancing their competitive spirit. Apart from donations to sport competitions and tournaments, we also have introduced various sports programmes for the physical and mental development of the youths.
“In addition to the Junior Tennis Masters, which we have been sponsoring for 14 years, we also pioneered the junior tennis coaching clinic, which benefits boys and girls between the ages of eight to 14, who are residents of LagosState. Those, who qualify are selected to graduate into representing LagosState in the NNPC/Chevron Junior Masters Tournament.
“The long term benefit of this initiative is to develop skillful tennis players that would be able to earn sustainable living and bring glory to Nigeria.”
He pledged Chevron’s continued support to Nigerian tennis through its youth development programme because “the future belongs to the youth and we are convinced that investments in youth are not only priceless,
noble and inspiring, but it is also our responsibility.”