International Kids' Tennis Programs

SIERRA LEONE KIDS' TENNIS (SLKT), a Program of LemonAid Fund

The Sierra Leone Kids’ Tennis program was established in September 2007 as a collaboration between Sarah Johnston, Coach Amidu Dumbuya and a group of young tennis enthusiasts in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

LemonAID Fund, an innovative Freetown-based NGO, agreed to provide an organisational umbrella for SLKT.

The program was not planned, and certainly not driven from outside. It arose spontaneously from:

Training Programs

Since 2007 a number of training clinics have been held and assistance given to schools, teachers, coaches and kids in Kono (made famous by the film “Blood Diamond”) Freetown, Makeni, and Bo.

Sierra Leone Kids' Tennis and LemonAID Fund have supported initiatives of the Max and Sam Foundation to further tennis as a sport in Sierra Leone.



Timor-Leste Kids’ Tennis was established in 2008 under FETTIL, the National Tennis Federation of Timor-Leste (East Timor). In November 2008 after the first regional training clinics were run in Baucau (east) and Maliana (west) the President of Timor-Leste, Dr Jose Ramos Horta officially launched the program in Dili with kids from Dili, Baucau and Maliana participating and demonstrating their skills. See Utube, “Stefanojay”, “A Day to Remember” to view a short video of the official launch of Timor-Leste Kids’ Tennis.

Since 2008 the program has also trained a number of NGO workers eg ALOLA Foundation education staf and teachers from the Norweiian Refugee Council (NRC) ducation program. In 2008 the ALOLA summer program reached 3000 kids across the country introducing some of the activities from the TLKT program. In Baucau teacher trainers from the Baucau Teachers college have participated in training sessions and then incorporated training activities into the program they deliver to primary teacher trainees, building their "tool kit" of skills.

A Day to Remember: The official launch of Timor-Leste Kids’ Tennis.

Play for Life


Ainaro Training with Sheldon and Will


Ethiopia Kids’ Tennis commenced in February 2010 with a pilot program in Addis Ababa at Daventry Academy. Asseged, a local coach, commenced working at the school with the teachers and students introducing them to ball skills, fitness and mini tennis.

For more information about the Addis Ababa program contact Meseret Tadege [email protected] or Yared Wolde, yared Wolde [email protected]



South Sudan Kids' Tennis, supported by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports started pre independence (July 9 2011) with a pilot program with Confident Children Out of Conflict (CCC). Andrew Allam, a well known South Sudanese film maker, documented this program with a short documentary film called "Seeds of Hope".

Seeds of Hope.

As with other country programs the plan is, as funds become available, to deliver training to school sports teachers and NGO education workers to build their skills and increase their "tool box" of activities.

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Gallery 2 - Kids' Tennis Training for New Coaches and Kids with Samuel Jalloh (Max and Sam Tennis Foundation) Juba, South Sudan 2012

For more information on the program contact Sarah Johnston [email protected]