Future stars show talent

2017-11-08 06:00
Clevaldo Pienaar of the Olympia Primary School shows his style. Photos: Supplied

Clevaldo Pienaar of the Olympia Primary School shows his style. Photos: Supplied

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The Free State KFC Mini-Cricket provincial festival at the Sentraal High School in Bloemfontein saw scores of budding future stars showcasing their talent.

The players represented five schools that had qualified for the one-day event staged on 28 October.

The participating schools were the Olympia Primary School, the Fichardtpark Primary School, the Dieke­tseng Primary School, the Legae Primary School and the Bethlehem Combined School.

The festival provides opportunities for all involved in the programme to have their talent nurtured and improve their abilities.

The players are given the chance to improve their skills and fitness. Focus is on improving fielding, bowling and batting skills. These disciplines are fundamental to each of them realising their full potential.

A series of festivals are staged countrywide, attracting no less than 150 youngsters dreaming to make it into the big league.

The programme is South Africa’s biggest grassroots sports development programme to unearth an abundance of talent.

The 2015-’16 season saw more than 114 000 children from 5 584 schools getting active and involved in cricket – an unprecedented number for youth development sport in South Africa.

Thus far 37% of players have participated in the programme after the current sponsor took custody.

The jewel in the crown of the cricket festival is the KFC Mini-Cricket Kids vs Proteas Tour game. This initiative also played its part in the professional game, as over 300 players in the mini-cricket took up duties as ball boys and girls and parti-cipated in the guard of honour and coin toss at seven KFC T20 Internationals and 32 Ram Slam T20 Challenge games.

This initiative also played its part in the professional game as over 300 players in the mini-cricket took up duties.

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