Hani cricket gets major boost from Gary Kirsten Foundation

2015-11-05 06:00
Abe Temmers, educator, Nguye Nqwendu, cricket player, coach Mzingisi Peter, Rian van Niekerk, coaching director for Gary Kirsten Foundation, Sivuyile Mfunelwa, Western Province Coach, Madoda Mahlutshana, principal, Nwabisa Gasa, cricket player and Na

Abe Temmers, educator, Nguye Nqwendu, cricket player, coach Mzingisi Peter, Rian van Niekerk, coaching director for Gary Kirsten Foundation, Sivuyile Mfunelwa, Western Province Coach, Madoda Mahlutshana, principal, Nwabisa Gasa, cricket player and Na

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Chris Hani Arts and Culture High School received cricket equipment from the Gary Kirsten Foundation last week in Khayelitsha.

The equipment included nets, bats, gloves, pads and were provided a coach who will train the school for this season.

Gary Kirsten Foundation coaching director , Rian van Niekerk, said there are over 50 learners who have shown interest in the game already in the school and they are hoping the number will grow in future.

“We are excited to be supporting the school. We also introduced the coach who will guide and monitor the learners through-out the year,” Van Niekerk said.

An excited Mzingisi Peter was unveiled as the foundation’ s coach for the school.

Peter said this is a good opportunity for the learners to grasp “ins and outs of the game.”

“We can use cricket as an opportunity to fight crime. It is a good thing to keep learners active in sports so they will not be involved in gangsterism and other social ills. Some of them will end up playing for the national team. It is not going to be easy, they have to be disciplined,” Peter said.

Gary Kirsten, the former South African cricketer and the World Cup winning coach for the Indian cricket team, announced that his foundation, together with The Property Foundation, collaborated to raise funds to build a cricket, soccer, rugby and basketball fields and other projects that are set to benefit the school and the community.

Kirsten made the announcement when he visited the school in March.

They hoped to generate about R10 million.

The learners are going to use the cricket field to sharpen their talent in sport.

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