Development is alive and well
The award-winning development programme of the KwaZulu-Natal Inland Cricket Union (KZNICU) received a double thumbs-up from Cricket South Africa.
A large CSA delegation touched down in Pietermaritzburg last week to observe first-hand the extent and reach of the KFC mini-cricket programme, the cornerstone of the CSA development endeavour.
Guided by the KZNICU’s youth cricket manager SiboneloNgcobo and KFC mini-cricket co-ordinator Mercia Baatjies, the CSA delegation visited a number of schools in the city’s townshipsto see the programme in action.
The KZNICU coaching staff, head coach Grant Morgan, assistant coach James Torlage and excellence coach Darren Mortimer also made the trip.
The next day saw the group heading for the Southern Districts and East Griqualand sub-unions to see how effective the mini-cricket message was being implemented in the remote regions of the KZNICU.
Clearly impressed with the enthusiasm of the mini-cricket coaches and participation of children in Matatiele, Underberg, Kokstad and the city, the delegation was effusive in its praise.
“Thank you for putting together an excellent show, it’s good to see that the KFC programme is thriving in KZN Inland,” said CSA’s David Mokopanele.
CSA’s sentiments are backed by the facts –currently, 5 800 young cricketers are registered with the KFC mini-cricket programme.
Caption: (Ltr) David Mokopanele, Eugene Jacobs, Mercia Baatjies (KZNICU), Kimberley Lugube, Sibonelo Ngcobo (KZNICU), Jay Naidoo, Heather Howie, James Torlage (KZNICU), Minenhle Magubane, Darryn Mortimer (KZNICU), Altaaf Kazi, Anton Fereirra, Horatius Sokhanyile and Grant Morgan (KZNICU).