Celebrating 10 years of partnership and uplifting mini cricket in SA

2019-10-23 06:00
Mini-cricket coach Johnny Philander delivers a speech at the KFC Mini-Cricket Provincial Seminar.PHOTO: NTANDOYENKOSI DLAMINI

Mini-cricket coach Johnny Philander delivers a speech at the KFC Mini-Cricket Provincial Seminar.PHOTO: NTANDOYENKOSI DLAMINI

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CRICKET South Africa (CSA) and KFC celebrated a decade of partnership during the KFC Mini-Cricket Provincial Seminar, held at the Pietemaritzburg Oval on Saturday.

Speaking on the importance of this partnership at the event attended by over 50 delegates, Howard Lethuba from CSA said the KFC Mini-Cricket programme is one of the most impactful and significant development programmes in the South African sporting landscape and goes far beyond the game of cricket.

“It brings youngsters from across our diverse communities together and not only introduces them to our wonderful game of cricket but also allows them to get active. This is a very important programme that contributes to the social cohesion of our nation,” said Lethuba.

Lethuba added that the celebration mostly acknowledges the coaches and coordinators, who all volunteer freely.

“These selfless people need to be applauded for the commendable work they have done throughout the past 10 years, always bringing passion and commitment to the game,” said Lethuba.

He highlighted that the programme is the entry level for the majority of our cricketers into the talent development pipeline, emphasising that there are memories created during the programme which will live forever, through the involvement of children as ball boys and girls, as well as participants at the coin toss at KFC T20 international matches and during various interactive initiatives.

Delivering a talk at the celebration, Mini-Cricket coach Johnny Philander said he looks forward to many great years of growing the programme and creating even more unforgettable experiences for the KFC mini-cricketers.

He stressed that in, order for the programme to survive another 10 ten years, coaches need to stick to connecting with the mini-cricketers and what they do.

“It goes without saying that there must be something right that the coaches are doing since the programme has existed for this long. And to continue maintaining this partnership, coaches need to take into consideration the cultural differences in teams and connect with the coaching as well as the players in order to develop some form of identity for the team and the relationship shared by the coach and players,” said Philander.

Concluding, he said: “The skills developed in this programme go beyond the game of cricket. In the programme, mini-cricketers learn about leadership, discipline, team work and friendship.”

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