Still places in top cricket clinic for PMB youngsters this week

2013-09-24 00:00

THE Cricket School of Excellence (CSE), founded by former Western Province batsman Ryan Maron, has come to Pietermaritzburg following its success in the Western Cape and Johannesburg regions over the past 14 years.

Maron is a Cricket South Africa level three coach and also the University of Cape Town head coach. He told The Witness yesterday that the first of the CSE clinics in the KZN capital is at Merchiston from tomorrow to Friday, each day’s coaching running from 9 am to 2 pm. There will be a prize-giving at 1 pm on Friday.

“We have 40 aspirant young cricketers who have booked a place already and would welcome a dozen more for this our first clinic in Pietermaritzburg,” said Maron. Contact booking manager William Solomon at to book a place at this inaugural CSE clinic.

“The young cricketers who are accepted to the first clinic must please report to Jay Mannikam or Graeme Beghin at the Merchiston nets by 8.30 am Wednesday [tomorrow],” said Maron.

“The CSE, which was established in 1999 in Cape Town, focuses on providing cricket-related services to schools, business and individuals. Our mission is to develop cricket superstars through cutting-edge technical and behavioural training in a fun environment. At this stage we conduct holiday clinics, private coaching, group coaching, cricket-themed birthday parties as well as an established development programme.”

Maron said that the launch in PMB would present junior cricketers in the region with an exciting opportunity to participate in a well-structured and well-organised cricket programme.

“Our goal as an organisation is to engage with the community towards assisting the youth to take part in healthy, rewarding activity through the vehicle of cricket. This is the first CSE clinic of its kind in KZN and we hope to make this opportunity available to all youngsters in KZN in the future.”

Maron said that once established in the PMB region, CSE will look to create a youth development programme in order to promote the game in previously disadvantaged areas. “Much like the programme we have in the Western Cape,” he said.

CSE are offering Witness readers opportunities for two children aged four to 14 to attend a clinic free of charge, to the value of R500 each. The question is, “What year and in what city did the Cricket School of Excellence begin in South Africa?”

Answers must be e-mailed to by no later than 6 pm today. The two winners will be notified by Maron. Go to for more information on the Cricket School of Excellence.

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