First u.17 cricket festival starts tomorrow

2016-11-29 08:23

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Cricket development on the Cape Flats is set to benefit from a new schools cricket tournament kicking off tomorrow.

The inaugural u.17 Basil D’Oliveira School Cricket Festival will start its round-robin matches at the Chukker Road sports complex in Kenwyn tomorrow and Thursday.

The semi-finals and final will be played at the Basil D’Oliveira Oval in Elfindale on Friday.

The participating school teams hail from the Langa hub, Strandfontein cricket club, Durbanville cricket club and the Saints hub cricketing programme.

The tournament is supported by the City of Cape Town’s social development department to help increase social inclusion through sport. The festival promises to bring together young people from diverse backgrounds from all across Cape Town through sport as a social good.

Community Orientated Policing Support (Cops), a local NPO focused on uplifting young people and luring them away from a life of crime and gangsterism, is partnering with the St Augustine’s Cricket Club to put on the festival.

“Basil D’Oliveira symbolises what you can achieve through sport despite your adversities. This is the one lesson we’d like the learners participating in this exciting tournament to appreciate,” says Hylton Mitchell, organiser of the tournament.

The festival gives young people a space to gain the necessary match temperament from competitive games.

“We are delighted to be working with Cops and the Western Province Cricket Association, in honouring D’Oliveira as part of this legacy project. He was one of the pillars of the cricket club and one of the most respected cricketers worldwide. These partnerships take development cricket to a whole new level and we can’t wait to see this tournament grow,” says Robin Poggenpoel, St Augustine’s chairperson.

The City’s social development department is using this event as an enabler to develop young people who often grow up in socially dysfunctional communities, with the clear purpose that cricket as a sport can be used for social good rather than just cricket for cricket’s sake.

“The City is pleased to support the festival, as it is a great new initiative which we hope will help introduce a whole new generation of cricketers to a sporting hero they can emulate and hopefully also shape their lives for the better,” says Suzette Little, Mayco member for social development.

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