KFC Mini-Cricket fest a great op­por­tu­nity

The Rep - - CLASSIFIED - ANDISA BONANI

More than 800 KFC mini-cricket play­ers, rep­re­sent­ing 14 dif­fer­ent re­gions, par­tic­i­pated in the an­nual KFC Mini-Cricket Pro­vin­cial Fes­ti­val held at Dale Col­lege in King William’s Town last Fri­day.

The aim of the fes­ti­val is to show­case young peo­ple’s tal­ent in cricket and give coaches from cricket hubs and re­gional per­for­mance cen­tres the op­por­tu­nity to iden­tify tal­ent.

Play­ers who ex­celled were re­cruited to the hubs and re­gional per­for­mance cen­tres for fur­ther elite coach­ing.

Chris Hani re­gion cricket co-or­di­na­tor Viwe Yawa, who was in at­ten­dance, said the KFC Mini-Cricket was the first taste of cricket that as­pi­rant young boys and girls were in­tro­duced to.

“This soft-ball level gives the chil­dren the en­joy­ment that comes with par­tic­i­pat­ing in a team sport and also gets them ac­quainted with the ba­sics of the game, in­clud­ing bat­ting, bowl­ing and field­ing. The mini-cricket was the first or­gan­ised soft-ball cricket game in the world, and has drawn more than two mil­lion chil­dren to date coun­try­wide.”

Yawa said the ob­jec­tive of the fes­ti­val was also to high­light the im­por­tance of chil­dren keep­ing phys­i­cally ac­tive and for them to have fun and en­joy the game.

“It al­lows the kids to play a cricket game that is full of ex­cite­ment and ac­tion with ev­ery ball and al­lows the par­ents and coaches to watch the kids play a game that used to be a big part of their child­hood.”

Yawa said be­ing af­forded the op­por­tu­nity to rep­re­sent his re­gion at the fes­ti­val and play the sport he is pas­sion­ate about, was his high­light in the fes­ti­val.

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