Primary school kids get a taste for cricket at festival

2014-02-20 00:00

YOUNGSTERS from primary schools in and around Durban experienced a taste for cricket at a mini-cricket festival hosted by the KwaZulu-Natal Cricket Union last week.

While some of the children use the opportunity as a stepping stone to what could become a promising cricket career, the emphasis on the festival was to encourage the youngsters to enjoy the outdoors, play sport and exercise.

For some, it’s the first time they have ever held a bat or thrown a ball, yet they got involved and enjoyed the moment.

Hand-eye co-ordination, ball catching and basic skills were taught, with volunteer coaches helping the youngsters get the most out the game.

KFC Mini-Cricket has more than 104 000 children participating around the country and participants have been seen during the recent Ram Slam T20 competition at various grounds, helping as ball boys and with the coin toss.

At the festival, children were given the opportunity to become mini-cricket ambassadors. They had to audition for this and it gives them the opportunity to meet their provincial heroes plus the possibility to be part of the action — coin toss, player escorts, ball boys/girls — at the upcoming T20 international against Australia at Kingsmead on March 12.

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