Working together with the Vicente Ferrer Foundation, the Anantapur Educational Centre
took in 170 boys and girls from this impoverished area of India. The project includes both
tennis training and practice and support for the children’s scholastic studies (English and
IT). It also provides the young beneficiaries with a daily nutritional supplement and basic
The children’s social integration and cohesion, irrespective of caste, gender or age, is one
of the main objectives of the project. The practice of sport is the vehicle used to achieve
During the 2015/2016 school year, the boys and girls who participated in the project
• Tennis training and practice before and/or after school hours.
• English and IT lessons. The acquisition and enhancement of this knowledge is key to
laying the foundations for a more hopeful future.
• Daily nutritional supplement. Addition of new foods, like veggie puffs.
• Medical check-ups (two during the school year) and monitoring of the children’s
physical health. Children with specific problems were referred to a specialist doctor.
• Participation in tennis tournaments and competitions, both on the premises and
outside Anantapur. Notable were the Sunday Matches, played once per month.
• Participation of some children in AITA tournaments, the official tennis association
• Attendance of a Summer Camp in
• Performance of special cultural and
leisure activities like the celebration
of the 5th anniversary of the school,
the celebration of Children’s Day,
the recording of a lip dub and the
commemoration of World Water Day.
Three mini tennis courts were built during
the school year, thereby fitting out a space
that could be adapted to the younger
students’ level and needs. Both the coaches
and the teachers received training from
Anantapur Educational Centre
Tennis training and
by a nutritional
“We focus on their
manners, so they
know how to behave,
learn the rules and
relate to each other
at the same time.”
Narsimha, tennis coach