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A New Tennis Facility Rises at International School Manila

By Maria Celeste F. Coscolluela
A New Tennis Facility Rises at International School Manila

International School Manila’s new rooftop tennis complex, at center—atop the main campus building (photo: ISM)!
Months after bagging double tennis championships at the Interscholastic Association of Southeast Asian Schools (IASAS), International School Manila (ISM) opened its newest sports facility—a covered tennis court complex on its roof deck!
ISM Superintendent David Toze led the inauguration ceremony on 4 October 2012, in an event attended by students, parents, faculty, and alumni. Guests had the honor of breaking in the new courts, joined by ISM’s top tennis players. The inauguration brought to an end seven months of construction to enclose the existing courts on the roof of the campus. Today the 5,500 square-meter space is home to eight artificial grass courts, locker rooms, bathrooms, and bleacher seating for 300 spectators. Envisioned as a multipurpose area and year-round sports venue, the space also converts into four basketball courts and two futsal fields.
The opening of the tennis courts marks ISM’s tenth year on its new location in Manila’s Fort Bonifacio Global City. Among other projects recently completed are the resurfacing of the running track and construction of a new floor that now houses the school’s design and robotics suite. The next big plans are geared towards creating not just bigger, but better spaces for ISM’s learning support and fine and performing arts departments.
In the meantime, the covered tennis courts are definitely a welcome addition to ISM’s top-notch sports facilities, bringing the total number of ISM tennis courts to ten, including two existing covered hard courts.
As Superintendent Toze has remarked, “It significantly enhances the covered space available for athletic activities during the rainy season and, of course, in the summer months when the sun can be oppressively hot on the field.”
Mark Pekin, Athletics and Activities Director of ISM, says the opening of the court is a “wonderful start to the beginning of the tennis season program for our students.” The boys and girls tennis teams are looking forward to defending their championships on home court!

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