Visitors impressed with talent

2017-04-06 06:02
Members of the University of Portsmouth took some time out to conduct couching clinics in Chris Hani High School.

Members of the University of Portsmouth took some time out to conduct couching clinics in Chris Hani High School.

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Learners from Chris Hani High School in Khayelitsha received a moral boost on Monday when the University of Portsmouth Cricket Club bowled them over with some tips and techniques.

The group of 22 players arrived in the country and the trip to the Makhaza school was one of the first activities.

According to Holly Morgan the team will be in the country for 10 days touring the province and playing against local teams.

She said that they will also visit local schools to conduct training sessions and coaching clinics and so far they were pretty happy with what they found.

“The guys are pretty good and you can just see how happy the sport makes them feel. That has made a big impact on us.

We are just gonna give them some advice and tips to help improve their game,” said Morgan.

She added that they visited Impendulo Primary School to offer coaching clinics as well. The team also raised funds that will assist these local schools with equipment and other needs.

Principal Madoda Mahlotshana said this would be a welcome gesture as the school lacked facilities and equipment.

The school has under 13 and 15 teams and according to Mahlotshana, are competing well despite the challenges.

“The teams are very competent and they are fairing well.

They show a great interest in the sport and we are very grateful to the University of Portsmouth for coming here today,” he said.

He said that the visit would boost morale and confidence for the boys and he hoped they learn some lessons.

“We hope that it will encourage them to succeed in the sport and see themselves touring the world because of this game,” he added.

Lizo Rosi, a grade 11 pupil, said that he learnt a few things during the training. “They taught us new things such as new drills, exercise and some warm ups as well.

I want to show them my skills as a spin bowler as well,” he said.

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