Project #1853

The African Child Sport & Education Fund Needs You

by Sadili Oval Sports Academy
Hassan Ndayashimiye with former team mates
Hassan Ndayashimiye with former team mates

Sadili Oval Sports Academy in Lang’ata, Nairobi, was a hive of activities as the young and old gathered to gain tennis lessons from an alumni. South Africa-based and former Sadili Oval and Malezi School tennis ace Hassan Ndayashimiye made the practice session possible. Ndayashimiye, who left Sadili Oval on a tennis scholarship to South Africa four years ago, trained players. The players involved those at Sadili Oval and also from neighbouring schools. The sessions involved ball control, court runs, hits, positive thinking and other fitness levels.

The Burundian said he saw it possible to come and give back to Sadili that nurtured his tennis career on top of a prestigious scholarship that he was awarded when he was very young. "The training I got at Sadili has enabled me to win championships in South Africa. Furthermore, I have reached the Wimbledon main draw because of the skills I learnt here," said Ndayashimiye, 17, who was accompanied by his sponsor Kassie Mcilvaine.
"It was nice being here at least for a day to impart what I have learnt to these children. My advice is that they should be focused and be ready to work very hard towards achieving their goals in tennis," added Ndayashimiye, who is currently ranked 27 in World Junior category. He recently reached the third round in an African tennis event in Morocco before moving to win a championship in Tunisia.
He says the greatest challenge to many young upcoming players is ability to amass points. "It’s (amassing points) a tedious process that needs discipline and perseverance, one needs to attend as many ranking tournaments as possible," he added.
Sadili Oval CEO and Hassan's coach for 4 years, Dr. Liz Odera congratulated Ndayashimiye for giving back to the centre that developed him. "It’s great to have him (Ndayashimiye) back, he started training here at age nine. He is now going places. Training in South Africa and Europe has made him even sharper," Odera said.
Meanwhile, Sadili Oval Centre has many tournaments and activities lined up in their calendar this year, beginning with the Smashers Challenge Cup on January 28.
Hassan Ndayashimiye with coach Dr. Liz Odera
Hassan Ndayashimiye with coach Dr. Liz Odera


Saada playing at Sadili Oval
Saada playing at Sadili Oval

If you walk into Sadili any cold early morning at 6.20 a.m. you will find her jogging, at 10 am, she will be holding her books smiling and chatting with her classmates as she prepares for her next class and at 4.00 p.m., she will be sweating her heart out on the tennis court. That is the new life of 10 year old Saada, from Burundi. Through the Education Fund, she hopes to have, not only a good education, but also that her life will change forever.

Saada comes form the clums of Bujumbura, where she is the youngest of four children, and lives with her mother, who was recently divorced from their father. Saada has always hoped to join Malezi School, where her brother, Hassan Ndayashimiye, lived, studies and trained for four years before moving to the ITF Centre in Pretoria. Hassan, a past beneficiary of the Sport and Education Fund, played Wimbledon and US Open Juniors this year, and is very pleased that his sister is following in his footsteps.

For Saada, the future is great, and with help from GlobalGiving, all is possible.

Sadili Oval Sports Academy is finally going digital!

In August this year, we launched our first online newletter, to ensure that every online supporter would get to know what we do and give quick feedback. Sadili is a social entrepreneurship, which means that we survive from balancing the donations we get with selling our services in order to support the more than 7000 children that we support through our programmes. 

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Richard Ooko in perfect balance
Richard Ooko in perfect balance

Captain Amadi Kagoma led Malezi School and Nairobi Province to successfully defend their Boys and Girls titles at the Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association Games, which ended on the 13th August 2011. Amadi overcame the biggest opposition, pushing Tony Orwa of Central Province to second place. Malezi's Yasin Lila Shabani was third. In the boys doubles, Jamin Luvembe and Richard Ooko proved themselves worthy for the second year running, lifting the title with ease. Says Jamin, "We have been working hard all year, we just needed to keep doing the same".

At the nationals in Kisumu last year, rookies Lorna Bhwejje and Melissa Brown had difficulty keeping it together, and lost the doubles to Central Province at the semis, and it fell to Sakina Nshimirimana and Teresa Odera to work to win the championship trophy. This year, the more determined and confident pair, Lorna and Melissa took every match without dropping a single set, to keep the trophy at Malezi and earn valuable points for Nairobi Province for yet another year.

Captain Amadi's comment was "The standard of tennis has improved a lot, especially amongst the boys. But we have also improved, putting in a lot of effort, and it has paid. Being part of Sadili Talent Training Academy is also a big boost for us, giving us the confidence we need to play at any level. I am very proud to be part of Malezi School, and our team spirit will definitely carry us to perform well again next year". Amadi takes over captaincy from Terry Odera (2010), and will be leading the team into 2012 season. Teresa is a freshman playing varsity tennis in Iowa, USA.

Malezi School have been national champions for 9 years running and now taking their 10th, with successful teams ensuring that they keep winning the championships for Nairobi Province and their school.


Hassan serves at Wimbledon
Hassan serves at Wimbledon

As Wimbledon giants Tomas Berdych, Serena and Venus Williams tumbled, East Africans had reason to smile as Hassan Ndayishimiye of Burundi today successfully made it through the first round of Wimbledon, beating Mattias Sborowitz of Chile, 6-3, 6-4  in the junior boys draw. Hassan, who had to go through a tough qualifying draw that saw him play and win against World class juniors, He is poised to meet Frederico Frere Silva of Portugal, who beat the 12th seed of the boys tournament to earn a second round berth.

Hassan hails from Buyenzi, a slum in the heart of Burundi, where his father, a coach at a local tennis club, first introduced him to tennis. Hassan was at 9 years when he was spotted by a international professional player, Martin Dzuwa, playing in the back courts of the club. He persuaded a local member, Kassie McIlvaine, to send him to a humble little 3-court tennis centre at the edge of Kibera, Africa's largest slum in Nairobi, called Sadili Oval Sports Academy. There he honed his skills under the watchful eye of PTR Professional Dr. Liz Odera and finally went to
formal school for 4 years before returning home.

Hassan received a scholarship to the ITF Centre in Pretoria where he has been for the last two years, and which changed his tennis life immensely as he was able to play many top level tournaments in Africa and more lately in Europe. Many of his friends and opponents alike will remember Hassan and how he lit up the tennis stage in Kenya as a little boy challenging and often winning matches against top juniors, many three to four times his age. Hassan's stab at Wimbledon is an inspiration to many children of Buyenzi, many of whom, like him, work as
hitters for the rich at the local tennis club. For them, now the sky is the limit. Kassie continues to watch and care for Hassan, and she was there to watch him win his first singles round at Wimbledon. This win makes Hassan the first Burundi national in history to advance in the main draw of Wimbledon.



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Sadili Oval Sports Academy

Location: Nairobi, Kenya - Kenya
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Sadili Oval Sports Academy
Project Leader:
Dr. Elizabeth Odera
Nairobi, Nairobi Kenya

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