Newlands hosts mini-cricket

2020-03-24 06:01
Sonwabile Tingeni of John Pama Primary School and Rory Kleinveldt of the Cobras during the KFC Mini-Cricket Western Province Festival at Newlands cricket ground on Friday March 13.

Sonwabile Tingeni of John Pama Primary School and Rory Kleinveldt of the Cobras during the KFC Mini-Cricket Western Province Festival at Newlands cricket ground on Friday March 13.

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Over 1 000 kids attended the Western Province KFC mini-cricket provincial festival at the Newlands cricket ground on Friday 13 March.

The programme brings youngsters from across the country together and not only introduces them to the wonderful game of cricket, but also allows them to play and have fun.

The festival was hosted by the Cape Cobras, with players Simon Khomari, Isaac Dikgale and Rory Kleinveldt all there to assist in coaching the kids and looking for talent.

The Western Province women’s team came out in full force including their coach Claire Terblanche as well as Proteas players and Western Province players Sinalo Jafta, Andrie Steyn and Laura Wolvaardt.

Wolvaardt has just returned from the Women’s T20 World Cup and where she was picked in the combined World XI.

“I started playing cricket by playing mini-cricket and it started with me just playing to do something to keep me busy but I see that things have changed considerably since I played. I can see that there are a lot more kids playing mini-cricket, they know a lot more about cricket than what I used to and they really have a lot of fun. As players we don’t always know the impact that we have on the players. My brother plays rugby and when his mates come back from a mini-cricket festival they tell him about all the professional players that they have met and how the players have inspired them. Who knows, one of the kids that I spoke to today could be the next Laura Wolvaardt.” said Jafta.

“We had 1 000 kids and over 200 coaches that come from schools from all five regions in the Western Cape. These youngsters and their teachers get excited to play on a big stage like the Newlands Cricket ground where they get to see their heroes play. It was special for the kids to get to see (Simon) Khomari, (Isaac) Dikgale, (Laura) Wolvaardt, (Andrie) Steyn and (Sinalo) Jafta at the festival, but the big surprise for me was when retired Proteas player Rory Kleinveldt actually asked me if he could attend the festival to coach the kids. It just shows how special the programme is for the players for them to ask to be part of it,” said Mark Khoabane, Western Province mini-cricket coordinator.

The attending children from the various schools across the province are a part of the 124 000 kids from 6 495 schools that take part in over 44 000 mini-cricket matches around the country over the cricket season.

The mini-cricket programme remains one of the most significant development programmes in the South African sporting landscape and goes far beyond the game of cricket.

Children from all walks of life will continue to have a platform that will help them grow, develop and shine in hopes of reaching their full potential and realise their dreams and possibly become the future stars of this country, like their Protea heroes.

Over 1 000 kids attended the Western Province KFC mini-cricket provincial festival at the Newlands cricket ground on Friday 13 March.

The programme brings youngsters from across the country together and not only introduces them to the wonderful game of cricket, but also allows them to play and have fun.

The festival was hosted by the Cape Cobras, with players Simon Khomari, Isaac Dikgale and Rory Kleinveldt all there to assist in coaching the kids and looking for talent.

The Western Province women’s team came out in full force including their coach Claire Terblanche as well as Proteas players and Western Province players Sinalo Jafta, Andrie Steyn and Laura Wolvaardt.

Wolvaardt has just come back from the Women’s T20 World Cup and where she was picked in the combined World XI.

“I started playing cricket by playing mini-cricket and it started with me just playing to do something to keep me busy but I see that things have changed considerably since I played. I can see that there are a lot more kids playing mini-cricket, they know a lot more about cricket than what I used to and they really have a lot of fun. As a player we don’t always know the impact that we have on the players. My brother plays rugby and when his mates come back from a mini-cricket festival they tell him about all the professional players that they have met and how the players have inspired them. Who knows, one of the kids that I spoke to today could be the next Laura Wolvaardt.” said Jafta.

“We had 1 000 kids and over 200 coaches that come from schools from all five regions in the Western Cape. These youngsters and their teachers get excited to play on a big stage like the Newlands Cricket ground where they get to see their heroes play. It was special for the kids to get to see (Simon) Khomari, (Isaac) Dikgale, (Laura) Wolvaardt, (Andrie) Steyn and (Sinalo) Jafta at the festival, but the big surprise for me was when retired Proteas player Rory Kleinveldt actually asked me if he could attend the festival to coach the kids. It just shows how special the programme is for the players for them to ask to be part of it,” said Mark Khoabane, Western Province mini-cricket coordinator.

The attending children from the various schools across the province are a part of the 124 000 kids from 6 495 schools that take part in over 44 000 mini-cricket matches around the country over the cricket season.

The mini-cricket programme remains one of the most significant development programmes in the South African sporting landscape and goes far beyond the game of cricket.

Children from all walks of life will continue to have a platform that will help them grow, develop and shine in hopes of reaching their full potential and realise their dreams. And they could possibly become the future stars of this country, like their Protea heroes.

Over 1 000 kids attended the Western Province KFC mini-cricket provincial festival at the Newlands cricket ground on Friday 13 March.

The programme brings youngsters from across the country together and not only introduces them to the wonderful game of cricket, but also allows them to play and have fun.

The festival was hosted by the Cape Cobras, with players Simon Khomari, Isaac Dikgale and Rory Kleinveldt all there to assist in coaching the kids and looking for talent.

The Western Province women’s team came out in full force including their coach Claire Terblanche as well as Proteas players and Western Province players Sinalo Jafta, Andrie Steyn and Laura Wolvaardt.

Wolvaardt has just come back from the Women’s T20 World Cup and where she was picked in the combined World XI.

“I started playing cricket by playing mini-cricket and it started with me just playing to do something to keep me busy but I see that things have changed considerably since I played. I can see that there are a lot more kids playing mini-cricket, they know a lot more about cricket than what I used to and they really have a lot of fun. As a player we don’t always know the impact that we have on the players. My brother plays rugby and when his mates come back from a mini-cricket festival they tell him about all the professional players that they have met and how the players have inspired them. Who knows, one of the kids that I spoke to today could be the next Laura Wolvaardt.” said Jafta.

“We had 1 000 kids and over 200 coaches that come from schools from all five regions in the Western Cape. These youngsters and their teachers get excited to play on a big stage like the Newlands Cricket ground where they get to see their heroes play. It was special for the kids to get to see (Simon) Khomari, (Isaac) Dikgale, (Laura) Wolvaardt, (Andrie) Steyn and (Sinalo) Jafta at the festival, but the big surprise for me was when retired Proteas player Rory Kleinveldt actually asked me if he could attend the festival to coach the kids. It just shows how special the programme is for the players for them to ask to be part of it,” said Mark Khoabane, Western Province mini-cricket coordinator.

The attending children from the various schools across the province are a part of the 124 000 kids from 6 495 schools that take part in over 44 000 mini-cricket matches around the country over the cricket season.

The mini-cricket programme remains one of the most significant development programmes in the South African sporting landscape and goes far beyond the game of cricket.

Children from all walks of life will continue to have a platform that will help them grow, develop and shine in hopes of reaching their full potential and realise their dreams. And they could possibly become the future stars of this country, like their Protea heroes.

Over 1 000 kids attended the Western Province KFC mini-cricket provincial festival at the Newlands cricket ground on Friday 13 March.

The programme brings youngsters from across the country together and not only introduces them to the wonderful game of cricket, but also allows them to play and have fun.

The festival was hosted by the Cape Cobras, with players Simon Khomari, Isaac Dikgale and Rory Kleinveldt all there to assist in coaching the kids and looking for talent.

The Western Province women’s team came out in full force including their coach Claire Terblanche as well as Proteas players and Western Province players Sinalo Jafta, Andrie Steyn and Laura Wolvaardt.

Wolvaardt has just come back from the Women’s T20 World Cup and where she was picked in the combined World XI.

“I started playing cricket by playing mini-cricket and it started with me just playing to do something to keep me busy but I see that things have changed considerably since I played. I can see that there are a lot more kids playing mini-cricket, they know a lot more about cricket than what I used to and they really have a lot of fun. As a player we don’t always know the impact that we have on the players. My brother plays rugby and when his mates come back from a mini-cricket festival they tell him about all the professional players that they have met and how the players have inspired them. Who knows, one of the kids that I spoke to today could be the next Laura Wolvaardt.” said Jafta.

“We had 1 000 kids and over 200 coaches that come from schools from all five regions in the Western Cape. These youngsters and their teachers get excited to play on a big stage like the Newlands Cricket ground where they get to see their heroes play. It was special for the kids to get to see (Simon) Khomari, (Isaac) Dikgale, (Laura) Wolvaardt, (Andrie) Steyn and (Sinalo) Jafta at the festival, but the big surprise for me was when retired Proteas player Rory Kleinveldt actually asked me if he could attend the festival to coach the kids. It just shows how special the programme is for the players for them to ask to be part of it,” said Mark Khoabane, Western Province mini-cricket coordinator.

The attending children from the various schools across the province are a part of the 124 000 kids from 6 495 schools that take part in over 44 000 mini-cricket matches around the country over the cricket season.

The mini-cricket programme remains one of the most significant development programmes in the South African sporting landscape and goes far beyond the game of cricket.

Children from all walks of life will continue to have a platform that will help them grow, develop and shine in hopes of reaching their full potential and realise their dreams. And they could possibly become the future stars of this country, like their Protea heroes.

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