WORDS of appreciation were expressed to the Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Club (DGC) Squash Section, on Friday evening, by the Managing Director of Exim Bank, Anthony Grant.
In his short speech at the re-opening of the two renovated closed-back courts he talked about the section having a "remarkable vision, which includes desire to increase the level of participation in the game locally for all ages.
This effort, he added will help create awareness, excellence and professionalism in the country. "It is admirable that the squash section is putting emphasis on creating opportunities for the population of Dar es Salaam and the surrounding areas to play.
At a national level, the goal is to develop Tanzania's participation in international tournaments," Grant, told those present for the re-opening of the renovated two glass-back courts at the club last Friday evening. He went on to say that the renovated courts would help the section take a "giant step" and complimented the section's captain, Akil Hirji and his vice-captain for their initiatives.
At the end of his talk the Managing Director was asked to cut the blue ribbon, as a sign that the two courts were now officially re-opened and members who had come for their daily game, started playing in both courts, to the pleasure of those seated in the newly painted theatre-style hall.
Prior to Grant's remarks Hirji told those present that he was very proud to have been able to accomplished one of their goals, which he had outlined in their roadmap, when he and his team took office last year.
He also admitted this would not have been possible without the assistance they got from the bank, Advent Constructions, Cargo Stars and Emslies Travels. "We the squash section assure you that we value your contribution and therefore, we shall do our best to keep them (the courts) well maintained and in order," the Captain said.
Before finishing his speech Hirji said that this year the section plans to hold Bell Tournaments in Zanzibar and Mombasa, plus create teams for the under-18 in the country. He further promised that their struggle to create women squash teams continues with new vigour.
In this respect, he spoke about sending invitation forms to 50 schools in Dar es Salaam, inviting students to join the junior teams at the club. They are also planning to have tournaments for the youth, in which they intend giving incentive to the winners and runners-up.
In a very short talk after the event with the 'Sunday News' the DGC Vice-chairman, Mpambika Chiume, said having these court renovated means a lot because the most complains they get from the public is that their facilities are too old.
Therefore, by the renovation of these courts not only does the game get a boost but it also sets an example, which the other sections can imitate. This, he maintains is in line with the club's efforts to provide the best available service for all their members.