My husband grew up in Aden (Yemen)
opposite a tennis club that was built in 1902 when it was under the British rule.
He wanted to play but didn’t have a tennis racket. The coach Mr Wadi Taabit gave him a
racket to use and coached him for free as he did a lot of other kids in the community.
Some children went on to enter tournaments and even championships around the Middle East
Mr Taabit is now 72years old retired but still dedicates his time to the children of the community and mentors them.
Mr Taabit is the coach and the caretaker of the club which has no funding or government support since the country went into civil unrest and war.
My Husband was upset to learn that Mr Taabit has been paying for repairs with his retirement pension and fixing the equipment by hand as he doesn’t want to let the children down especially now in these times of war and hardship he says it’s to keep them off the streets and falling into
the wrong hands.
We would like to raise funds for Mr Taabit to carry out repairs to the damage caused by the war and flash floods and to purchase new equipment and continue to give these children something so positive in their lives and beneficial to their wellbeing.
- Jade Porter
- Nashwan Mohammed
- Iain Murray-Lyon
- Waida Afzal