Plenty of sporting options for school leavers

2007-11-13 00:00

It is well documented that the dropout rate of sportspeople post-school is high, yet there is little reason for those leaving their secondary institutions not to play the games they enjoy at clubs.

As far as cricket is concerned, there are many clubs in the midlands to choose from, with the standard of play in the respective leagues at a level to cater for everyone. There is also a call for women cricketers in the area.

Robbie Coutts, the title-winning KZN Inland senior coach, can be contacted at 072 259 9993 for further information.

On the rugby front, all clubs are looking for new blood, while possible new developments in the U20 division could act as a further incentive for those leaving school to continue with the game. The Midlands Rugby Academy, situated at Woodburn Stadium, has a limited number of places still available for its 2008 intake, according to MRA manager Steve Botha. The former Maritzburg College and DHS first XV coach, who has also coached the KZN Schools team at Craven Week, is pleased to answer any queries from school leavers regarding clubs to join or further information in connection with the academy. Botha can be contacted at 082 443 7420, while MRA assistant manager Ralph Cawood is available at 082 646 8037.

A fine example that belies the myth that club sport in the midlands region is dying can be found on the tennis court. A few years ago there was little serious club tennis played on a provincial basis in the region, yet Midlands Tennis Association president Hilary Greenwood took note of the talent in the area and the Braaiketts club based at Kershaw Park has swept virtually all before it since its inception.

Greenwood can be contacted at 082 553 2971 and KZN tennis captain Gareth Greenwood is at 072 237 6167.

Men's and women's club indoor hockey is on the verge of starting the new season and KZN Midlands Hockey Association president Gary Carson is happy to advise school leavers of the variety of clubs in the province that will cater for each school leaver's needs and playing ability. Carson's number is 083 288 1260.

There are two major soccer club leagues in Pietermaritzburg - the Pietermaritzburg Associated District Soccer Association (Padsa) and the Maritzburg District Football Association (MDFA). Juniors wishing to join a Padsa soccer club can call Raddi Pillay at 084 703 7032 to be put in contact with a team, and seniors the association's president, Sonny Naidoo, at 082 572 9094. To find out about the MDFA contact Joy Petersen to 033 387 2627.

Apart from these sports, there are a host of others with clubs in the midlands, soccer being no exception and boasting a number of different leagues.

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