Mini cricket grooming talent

Wiaan Muldern (Highveld Lions), Dwaine Pretorius (Highveld Lions), Rassie van der Dussan (Highveld Lions), Masilo Ramothata (Strikers) and Lazarus Mokoena (Strikers).

By Busi Vilakazi

The KFC Mini Cricket held a mini cricket festival at Queens High School on September 2.

The programme was attended by thousands of children from different schools around Gauteng.

KFC Mini Cricket is the brain child of Cricket South Africa, launched during the 1982-83 cricket season to encourage the growth and development of cricket amongst boys and girls.

“Mini cricket has grown over the years – 35 years of existence and we keep on growing. KFC mini cricket is all about encouraging children to live active lifestyles.

School teacher from Thusong Primary School, Rabutsu Diseko with Buhle Vaphi, the KFC Mini Cricket coordinator and Highveld Lions player Dwaine Pretorius with children from the KFC Mini Cricket programme.

“We are committed to creating platforms which bring children closer to their cricketing heroes through the KFC Mini Cricket programme,” said Buhle Vaphi, KFC Mini Cricket coordinator.

“We also use this platform to spot talent and select those children and link them to hubs in the area where they receive training.”

She said the programme has produced good players over the years.

Wiaan Muldern (Highveld Lions), Dwaine Pretorius (Highveld Lions), Rassie van der Dussan (Highveld Lions), Masilo Ramothata (Strikers) and Lazarus Mokoena (Strikers).

The KFC Mini Cricket is restricted to pre-primary and primary schools where boys between ages of three to 10 years and girls between the ages of three to 13 years get to participate in the programme.

Games are fast-paced and scaled-down with eight children per team.

Differently-abled children are also included in the programme.

“The programme focuses on hand-eye coordination, ball catching skills and basics of the game. Size two bats are used with stumps remaining the same. To inspire the children Highveld Lions and Strikers cricket players were invited for the day to interact with the children and answer questions they have relating to the sport,” Vaphi said.

“It is a privilege to be part of the programme. It offers an opportunity to the children to learn and discover their talent. This is where you get to see the potential players and to be part of something that is just wonderful,” said Dwaine Pretorius.

The programme boasts 120 000 children active in the programme.

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Players from Highveld Lions and Strikers with the mini cricketers.

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Busi Vilakazi

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