New cricket hub in NC a possibility

2018-06-13 06:00
Members of Cricket South Africa (CSA) and Northern Cape Cricket during a visit to the Moholeng Primary School to look at the venue as a possible cricket hub. From the left are, front: Shaheed Alexander (Northern Cape Cricket), Eddie Khoza (CSA), Susan Kalankate (Moholeng Primary), Bonolo Dichabe (Kalahari Eye Warriors) and Tsatseng Nyokong (Moholeng Primary); back: Omphile Maemela (Kalahari Eye Warriors chairperson), Eugene Jacobs (CEO: Northern Cape Cricket), David Makopalane (CSA Hubs), Keromang Segano (principal, Moholeng Primary), Thapelo Maemela (Kalahari Eye Warriors), Sylvester Masipa (Kalahari Eye Warriors) and Mpho Motsepa (deputy chairperson, Kalahari Eye Warriors).Photos: Lecrecia Prins

Members of Cricket South Africa (CSA) and Northern Cape Cricket during a visit to the Moholeng Primary School to look at the venue as a possible cricket hub. From the left are, front: Shaheed Alexander (Northern Cape Cricket), Eddie Khoza (CSA), Susan Kalankate (Moholeng Primary), Bonolo Dichabe (Kalahari Eye Warriors) and Tsatseng Nyokong (Moholeng Primary); back: Omphile Maemela (Kalahari Eye Warriors chairperson), Eugene Jacobs (CEO: Northern Cape Cricket), David Makopalane (CSA Hubs), Keromang Segano (principal, Moholeng Primary), Thapelo Maemela (Kalahari Eye Warriors), Sylvester Masipa (Kalahari Eye Warriors) and Mpho Motsepa (deputy chairperson, Kalahari Eye Warriors).Photos: Lecrecia Prins

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Members of Cricket South Africa (CSA) and Northern Cape Cricket paid a visit to Kuruman, specifically to the Kalahari Eye Warriors (KEW) on Monday, 4 June, to asses their readiness to become a formal cricket hub.

This would be the first cricket hub in the Nor­thern Cape outside Kimberley.

KEW is an organisation set up in December 2013 to respond to the lack of participation in cricket by many previously disadvan­taged communities.

The organisation was formed to primarily facilitate an increase in exposure to cricket and provide a platform for development of learners in communities in and around the John Taolo Gaetsewe (JTG) District.

Omphile Maemela, chairperson of KEW, says the displays given by and the rise to prominence of Kagiso Rabada and Temba Bavuma in the Proteas team, have only served to heighten interest and hope in the communities they serve.

“Through our Hope in Cricket-initia­tive we have been successful so far in our aim to facilitate an increase in exposure to cricket by organising soft ball (KFC Mini Cricket) coaching clinics and festivals with our coaches and facilitators. We truly believe that through grassroots development we can be an agent for change in our community and aid the trans­formation agenda,” says Maemela.

In the past three to four years KEW have managed to enrol 27 schools in their coaching programmes, capacitated over 30 coaches through the respective KFC and CSA coaching ranks, registered two junior teams in the JTG Sub-Union Primary School League (u.11 and u.13) and an u.15 team in the JTG High School League for the 2017-’18 season, and they are committed to growing their project even more.

“We believe this can be achieved through the collaboration of parents, schools, the respective communities, the Northern Cape Cricket Union, Cricket South Africa, public and private sectors.”

Maemela says KEW is pleased to be among one of the organisations being considered for cricket hub status.

“KEW has achieved a lot of mile­stones in its short existence and all these achievements come on the back of operating with very limited resources or budgets. We believe that with recognition and support, we can turn these gains into even greater achievements in aid of transforming cricket.

“We can demonstrate the passion and competency required to operate as a cricket hub.”

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