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Federico Coppini Foundation provides
child-friendly mental health services to children and young people in
under-resourced communities

Federico Coppini Foundation is focused on raising champions, both on and off the court. We present a comprehensive tennis development program to 1 600 children at a dedicated tennis facility in Ida’s Valley. Tennis remains an exclusive sport and South Africa is battling to produce competitive players. We aim to change that.

The foundation makes tennis broadly accessible to schools in underserved communities, giving every child a fair chance to participate and excel at the game. When talent is recognized, children are escalated to individual coaching programs, and we offer all the support young players need to be champions. We host a range of tournaments at our Ida’s Valley Tennis Centre, and we offer fun holiday programs and open days to welcome new players.

The children in our program are from disadvantaged backgrounds and are often exposed to social challenges such as substance abuse, financial lack and social neglect The sport of tennis offers children a remarkable opportunity to build resilience and to enjoy the uplifting social environment around the game. Through everything that we do, we focus on the development of leadership and discipline in our young players.

We teach leadership and discipline

We all love sport, yet thousands of poor children around the world are denied their right to play. Children in low-income communities do not have the opportunity to participate, and FCF is focused on making tennis accessible to children that otherwise would not be able to enjoy the game we all love.

Research shows that children living in poverty are more prone to abusing drugs and alcohol, and engaging in risky sexual behavior, especially when they do not have access to recreational facilities and sports. Most children living in poverty attend school but their parents struggle to afford extracurricular activities such as sport.

We aim to make tennis accessible to junior school children that would otherwise not have been exposed to the sport.

Our Goals

Spread empathy
through education

Increase donations equally across 24 countries

Help more children and teens graduate from high school

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