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IC India stages successful Talent Search Initiative

IC India stages successful Talent Search Initiative.

19th February 2008

Mr. Daljit Wallia, Chairman of IC India reports:

I am pleased to attach the clippings from the two mainline newspapers The Hindustan Times and The Times of India covering the IC India Talent Search initiatives in Delhi held on February 16 & 17, 2008 at DDA Sri Fort Complex, New Delhi.



We were ably assisted in the process by the Team Tennis group. On the first day (Sat. Feb. 16) about 485 enthusiastic kids were registered and participated in the selection process. Most of the parents came along and we had a huge crowd to manage. On the second day (Sun. Feb. 17), the Chairman of Council of ICs, Mr. Barry Weatherill honored us with his presence along with several of IC India Committee members. Mr Barry Weatherill made a brief presentation on ICs and the programs for Juniors development, followed by short presentations by Vikas Singh and myself. We witnessed the program as the selection process progressed into the final stages with the short-listed kids in action playing some good tennis and finally the selection of 2 boys and 2 girls for one - year training sponsorship by IC India.


The program was well received by the participants and their parents. IC India has plans to maintain the momentum and conduct this program regionally, progressively.



The important news channel NDTV 24x7 arranged the live coverage which has been broadcasted today at 0730 hrs and 1030 hrs. NDTV 24x7 is also available in the UK, Middle East and several other countries globally. We have had an excellent coverage of this event.


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Report on the International Lawn Tennis Club Trial Hunt



Event: The International Lawn Tennis Club Talent Hunt Trials

Venue: DDA Siri Fort Sports Complex

Sponsor: International lawn Tennis Club of India

Scale: Approximately 500 children born between 1995 and 2003

Goal: Selection and sponsorship of 2 girls and 2 boys for free training and kitting for upto 1 year.

Selection: Series of tennis and fitness routines to judge aptitude for core fundamentals of tennis like “GROUNDSTROKES DEPTH AND ACCURACY” “SERVE” along with “WEIGHT” and “HEIGHT”

Panel: Shyam Minotra, (Former Davis Cup Player), Daljeet Walia, IC President IC India, Aditya Sachdeva, Director, TEAM Tennis, Gajendra Singh, Director, Junior Development.

Chief Guest: Barry Weatherill, President IC World Council

Training: Training of selected kids will be conducted at the Elite Program of the TEAM Tennis Academy at the DDA Siri Fort Sports Complex.



International Clubs, founded in London in 1924, and there are now thirty-four of them, allow present and past international players, many of whom are Davis and Federation Cup players, to promote and renew friendship not only across the net but across the world. ICs encourage the highest standards of fair play and sportsmanship and are especially concerned to foster these ideals in junior players; and they generally promote the fine game of tennis.

Hence the initiative was taken up by IC India to give junior development in Delhi a boost by organizing a talent hunt to select deserving children for further training. IC India is a member of the IC World Council since 1954.

The IC Club selected TEAM Tennis to help conduct the event and also to be its training partner for the selected children. TEAM Tennis runs an Elite

Program at the DDA Siri Fort Sports Complex and has produced many players who have represented the country in major international events, such as Yuki Bhambri (16yrs) Semi Finalist at the 2008 Junior Australian Open, Ankita and Sanaa Bhambri and Tara Iyer to name a few.

The following were 4 players who were selected from 485 children whose full year tennis accessories and tennis fees would be exempted.



DIKSHA AGARWARL
KANISHKA ARORA
BASIL KHUMA
SHASHANK NAUTIYAL


Apart from these 4 players, 16 players were selected for 26 weekend clinics throughout the year.



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