A hefty $350,000 was raised in sponsorship for the Rejoice Michael Chang Tennis Stars of the Future course which started this week at the Urban Council tennis courts in Quarry Bay. Organised by the Hong Kong Tennis Association, the highly successful junior tennis development programme's first clinic was attended by 130 budding players. It aims to offer children in local housing estates an opportunity to play tennis. The aim is to introduce as many children, aged between six and 12, as possible to the sport. It also caters for the progression from junior tennis to elite competition, so that children can achieve their potential. The programme, now in its fifth year, aims to discover and develop outstanding young talent, with the long-term view of producing Hong Kong's own version of Michael Chang. Two years ago, more than 1,350 children attended the popular Stars of the Future programmes and more than 1,500 children from local housing estates are expected to enter stage one of the course. During the initial search for talent, juniors will be screened for their aptitude and athletic ability. In stage two, next month, they will be coached in elementary skills. The next stage begins next month and runs until December. Juniors receive continued coaching in elementary skills and are introduced to advanced strokes. The fourth and last stage begins in December when the best youngsters prepare for competition events. Those interested in participating in the programme can call the Hong Kong Tennis Association on 2504 8266 or 2504 8270 for information.