Tennis Foundation Ghana in collaboration with the Central Regional Tennis Association and the Komenda Edina Ekuafo Abrem Municipal Assembly have broken ground on the construction of a new clay court at Ankaful in the Central Region for the benefit of The Tatyana Mamonova Library and Tennis Facility, a joint project of local chapter WE Ghana and Woman and Russia-Woman and Earth Global EcoNetwork.
This collaboration was facilitated in large part by Miss Doris Abakah Head of the Business Advisory Centre at the Komenda Edina Ekuafo Abirem Municipal Assembly, who also serves as volunteer advisory leader with WE Ghana local chapter of Woman and Russia-Woman and Earth Global Eco-Network, an international NGO which began as the first NGO to serve the interests of women and girls n the former Soviet Union in 1979 by Tatyana Mamonova and whose current world headquarters are in New York. WE Ghana Chapter has been organizing programming and serving the interest of women and girls in Ghana since 1999. Woman and Russia-Woman and Earth Founder and President Tatyana Mamonova is a world renown women's leader, artist, author, editor, and poet who was exiled to the west just before the start of the Moscow Olympics in 1980 for founding this NGO and publishing the famous Woman and Russia Almanac which continues to be published as Woman and Earth Almanac. Tatyana is also a founding board member of WE Ghana.
Millie Didio, Vice President of Woman and Russia-Woman and Earth Global and a board member of WE Ghana, who is also a former touring pro and current USPTA Elite Tennis Teaching Professional and USPTA Eastern Regional Vice President helped facilitate the initial support of Tennis Foundation Ghana, now called TFG Holdings by reaching out to TFG Holdings President, Mr. Roger Crawford, a Ghanaian Tennis Pro and Philanthropist based in the US.
Mr. Crawford in turn informed the Central Regional Tennis Association, since the project was going to be based in the Central Region.
The tennis court is the first phase of the Tatyana Mamonova Library and Tennis Facility. The next phase will be the construction of the Tatyana Mamonova Library on this land, which was donated to WE Ghana thanks to the efforts of Miss Doris Abakah. Phase Three will be the addition of a second tennis court. WE Ghana and Woman and Russia-Woman and Earth Global plan to replicate this project in other regions of Ghana as well.
Thus far the Tatyana Mamonova Library and Tennis Facility Project is being sponsored thanks to the kind support of Tennis Foundation Ghana now called TFG Holdings, the Central Regional Tennis Federation, and the KEEA Municipal Assembly.
Abubakar Yakubu Lea, TFG Tennis Operations Director who is supervising TFG's sponsorship support of laying out the tennis court said, 'We cannot just go into any Region and support a project without the involvement of the Regional Associations. We need to strengthen all Regional Associations."
The Chairman of the Central Regional Tennis Association, Mr. Koufie praised TFG Holdings formerly Tennis Foundation Ghana for supporting the initiative of WE Ghana and Woman Russia-Woman and Earth Global and said these Projects are long overdue. He called on the youth in the area to make use of the opportunity afforded them, saying :"tennis will open doors for you and give you overall confidence in your lives."
TFG Holdings Chairman, Roger Crawford stated that "it is always great to see a project move from the drawing board onto the ground. We are grateful to the Central Regional Tennis Association and the KEEA Municipal Assembly for working with us to support this project, especially since WE Ghana and Woman and Russia-Woman and Earth have a special interest in providing opportunities to women and girls, especially those in the regions. Our doors are always open to all Regional Associations who are aligned with our vision of providing the best people, places, and programs to move Ghana Tennis forward.
TFG Holdings will also be donating rackets, balls and other supplies to WE Ghana for this project and to the CRTC and the KEEA Municipal Assembly for use in schools.