Foundation sets the basis for future talent

2019-01-31 06:21
Gary Kirsten Foundation players practising before they go to the provincial trials.PHOTO: siyabonga kalipa

Gary Kirsten Foundation players practising before they go to the provincial trials.PHOTO: siyabonga kalipa

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The Gary Kirsten Foundation hosted a cricket coaching clinic in Khayelitsha last week to prepare the under 17 players for the upcoming provincial trials.

The players had the pleasure of being taught skills by cricket coaches and some players from England.

One of the foundation’s coaches, Vuyani Parafini said they have collected players from different schools and the clinics vary in ages from month to month.

He said even though they work with specific schools, they welcome anyone who wants to play the game of cricket.

Parafini said it is important for players to work with different coaches so that way they can learn more about the sport.

Siviwe Stentyi (16) said he started playing cricket last year when he was introduced to it by a friend.

“The sessions are very important to us, especially because we have trials of the province coming up,” he said.

Stentyi said he is very confident about his chances because he has good coaches.

He said he also gets a lot of support from his family.

Yibanathi Ntenda (14) said he is thankful to his teacher who forced him to play cricket because he now loves the game.

Ntenda also said the clinics are very helpful to him because it is where he gets to improve his skills.

“My skills have improved quite a lot and I’m hopeful that this year I will be selected to play for the province,” he said.


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