PBI to Direct Tennis Program at New Sports Center in India
January 18, 2018
Magnolia, Texas (Jan. 18, 2018) – Peter Burwash International (PBI) has signed an agreement to direct the tennis program for the Centre for Sports Excellence (CSE) in Bangalore, India.
CSE is a one-of-a-kind private 15-acre multi-sport facility that will cater to the development of Indian athletes from the grassroots level to advanced level players representing the country in international and professional competition.
The cutting-edge international standard facilities include cricket, badminton, squash, swimming, football and tennis directed by PBI. Each of these sports will have their own academy program for juniors with some sports serving adults as well. CSE will also have a select membership for individuals, families and companies Support facilities will include a dedicated sports science area involving the SAI-Abhinav Bindra Targeting Performance Center and the Vesoma Fitness and Rehabilitation Centre, a 100-meter track, training ramps, five-a-side football, basketball, multipurpose hall and amphitheater.
CSE, designed by athleltes for athletes, is the first of its kind in India and was the brainchild of entrepreneur and developer Vivek Kumar, who says, “For a long time, sports in India has lacked proper infrastructure to aid its growth. With CSE we can bring about a change. It will take time but my goal was to provide a hassle-free set up for coaches, athletes and academies. If this centre can contribute to India winning more medals, I would be really very happy.”
This affiliation with CSE marks PBI’s return to India, where, from the mid-80s to mid-90s, PBI coaches trained India’s future Davis Cup and professional players in the Britannia Amritraj Tennis (BAT) Program, which developed such players as Grand Slam doubles champion Leander Paes. At one time, India’s entire Davis Cup Team was made up of former BAT players, including veteran PBI tennis director, Asif Ismail, who is a consultant for the centre and the program.
Of this new venture with the Centre for Sports Excellence, PBI founder and chairman, Peter Burwash says, “We are delighted to be associated with this state-of-the-art sports facility and to be part of their vision to offer world-class academies of excellence.”
The PBI tennis program will cater to beginners through advanced junior and adult players and will consist of the PBI Junior Academy for ages 4 – 18 as well as clinics, drills, Cardio Tennis, tournaments and social events for all ages and abilities. PBI has appointed Clark Corey as the CSE Technical Director and Jorge Pinilla as the CSE Head Professional to introduce these programs for the first time in Bangalore. Corey, from the USA, is a 30 year USPTA Elite Professional and PBI Pro of the Year award winner, who has coached and directed PBI programs in 12 countries. Pinilla, from Bogota, Colombia is an ITF certified coach, former professional player and Colombian college champion.