Kirsten opens training pitch

2015-12-15 06:00
The Gary Kirsten Cricket Academy launched its latest high performance training centre in Century City. At the launch two weeks ago was, from left: Tyler Hanning, Gary Kirsten and James Heart. PHOTO: Paul Reichle

The Gary Kirsten Cricket Academy launched its latest high performance training centre in Century City. At the launch two weeks ago was, from left: Tyler Hanning, Gary Kirsten and James Heart. PHOTO: Paul Reichle

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Future cricketing legends relished the chance to hone their skills under the tutelage of World Cup winning coach Gary Kirsten at the launch of the high performance training centre at the Gary Kirsten Cricket Academy (GKCA) in Century City recently.

As part of its ongoing efforts to improve and develop the skills of upcoming cricketers, GKCA partnered with Fives Futbol to establish the multi-purpose training centre at the Fives Futbol venue opposite Canal Walk. It is the third training centre launched by the academy, with the other two centres based at Claremont Cricket Club and Rondebosch Boys’ High School.

“We felt there was a real need for facilities such as these in the northern suburbs,” explains Garreth von Hoesslin, manager of the new training centre.

“We have had several meetings with schools in the area and built up some good relationships. We truly believe that this centre will provide these budding cricketers with the best chance of success.”

Kirsten himself welcomed school representatives, parents and cricketers from Blouberg International School and Curro Century City at the launch.

Six teams participated in eight-a-side games on the day. The children also took to the nets for other fun cricketing activities and challenges, all under the guidance of Kirsten and his coaches.

“We’re very excited to be extending our offerings to the young cricketers in the northern suburbs.

The location within Century City and our partnership with Fives Futbol also provides a great location for the GKCA. We have multiple offerings available at this facility and our coaches are really motivated to work with the surrounding schools in the area,” says Kirsten.

There was praise from attendees for the training centre’s facilities. These include two floodlit nets – allowing practice until late at night – with a top range Jugs bowling machine for high-level batting practise.


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