Young cricketers off to England

2019-06-06 06:01
Founder of Gary Kirsten Foundation, Gary Kirsten with the u.13 cricket team and coaches that will be soon be jetting off to the United Kingdom (UK) to watch World Cup Cricket tournament. PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

Founder of Gary Kirsten Foundation, Gary Kirsten with the u.13 cricket team and coaches that will be soon be jetting off to the United Kingdom (UK) to watch World Cup Cricket tournament. PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

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Coaches and u.13 players belonging to the Gary Kirsten Foundation in Khayelitsha were thrilled when they received cricket equipment from the foundation at Impendulo Primary School, Makhaza, on Friday 31 May.

The team is also expected to attend the ongoing International Cricket Council World Cup in the United Kingdom (UK).

Foundation founder and former Proteas batsman Gary Kirsten announced that the team will leave for the UK on Friday 14 June and return on Tuesday 25 June.

Parents and teachers attended the event.

Kirsten said the trip will give the players an opportunity to rub shoulders with some of the world’s best cricket players. “We want to create an opportunity of a lifetime for kids who love and play the sport with so much passion,” said Kirsten.

He said the tour is jampacked with activities and giving the kids an opportunity to play against top UK schools, meet their Proteas heroes and watch South Africa live in action.

“It’s really an exciting opportunity. I believe an international trip of this magnitude will also show youngsters what is possible in life and sport,” he said.

Kirsten said the foundation also supplied five Khayelitsha schools with newly constructed artificial cricket nets, complete kit bags with cricket equipment and full-time cricket coaches.

Impendulo principal Zuziwe Mputa described the event as an achievement of a lifetime. Four of their learners have been chosen to go to the UK. “As the school, we are so excited for our learners. We hope that the tour will inspire their peers to take the sport seriously. They will leave a mark at our school and in society,” said Mputa.

Grade 5 leaner Oyena Mbanga (12) from Ikhwezi Lesizwe Primary School couldn’t hide his excitement. The young bowler said it is going to be his first flight. “I don’t know how I feel but I’m excited that I will take a flight. My dream is to play for Proteas,” said Mbanga and said Faf Du Plessis is his favourite player.

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