Nets will polish cricketing talent

2019-10-17 06:00
Emihle Matiso (11), a Grade 6 learner at Solomon Qatyana Primary School, swings at a delivery in the newly constructed practice nets at the school. PHOTO: Mzwanele Mkalipi

Emihle Matiso (11), a Grade 6 learner at Solomon Qatyana Primary School, swings at a delivery in the newly constructed practice nets at the school. PHOTO: Mzwanele Mkalipi

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New cricket practice nets have been constructed at Solomon Qatyana Primary School.

The nets are to be used by cricket players of schools in Lwandle and Nomzamo. The facilities were officially unveiled on Friday 11 October at an event at the school, with different stakeholders in attendance.

The nets are expected to bring about an enthusiastic atmosphere among the young aspiring cricketers.

Mzwandile Nkohla, principal if Solomon Qatyana Primary, said they are privileged to have the nets located at the school.

“All learners will benefit. Everyone will be coming to our school and that will afford us an opportunity to share ideas on how we develop sport,” he said.

“This is important for the youngsters as they will also grow up with the necessary skills.”

Charles Clacher, Western Province provincial coaching manager, said it was an honour for the Western Province Cricket Association (WPCA) to be involved in the Lwandle community to provide children with the opportunity to be active in the sport of cricket.

“In terms of the Cricket South Africa (CSA) transformation plan and CSA Cricket Services Strategy Plan (2018-2023), the hub programme was introduced with the basic idea of creating a community based focal point for identifying and developing cricket talent, as well as in schools’ cricket programmes, in communities that lack adequate cricket facilities and a widespread culture of cricket,” he said.

Clacher said the programme operates in partnership with existing clubs that already have appropriate facilities, which in this case is the Helderberg Cricket Club, with the aim of enabling disadvantaged schools surrounding the hub facility to have access to high quality, well resourced facilities and able them to play regular cricket. “This provides them with resources and an opportunity to play more, and more importantly play regular matches. Budget is provided by CSA every year to upgrade, maintain the facilities and to employ full-time coaches,” said Clacher.

The hub needs to partner with new and emerging schools in the vicinity (eight schools – four primary and four high school per hub) and offer, among others, drawing talent from these disadvantaged schools, providing regular coaching and scheduling matches.

He called for support from the community and urged the young ones to reinvent themselves as “conformity is the enemy of invention”.

Emihle Matiso (11), a Grade 6 learner, said he was happy they had the practice nets to develop their cricket.

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