CSA INVESTS IN GRASSROOT LEVEL
By: Lucky Khanyile
Cricket South Africa (CSA) is shifting some of their own resources to help develop cricket in grassroots level through Hubs and Regional Performance
Centres across the country.
CSA has noticed that majority of children particularly black Africans in the townships and rural areas are struggling in terms of facilities.
The organization said that the R400 million issued by Sports and Recreation for sports development in schools is not enough.
Altaaf Kazi, head of communication for CSA, revealed that there is no doubt that Federations on their own will not solve the extreme challenges they face and at
the same time produce world-class athletes.
“This allocated sum of money will go some way to help federations with developing school sport.
There is, however, a lot more resources needed to overcome more than a century of enforced neglect with the devastating effect this has had on infrastructure and many other issues that is essential to develop top class cricketers,” said Kazi.
Cricket is one of the sports that are arguably slow in introducing black Africans to the game.
According to CSA, having international acclaimed stars like: AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla, JP Duminy, Dale Steyn, helps youngsters to stay motivated.
“Kagiso Rabada is a good example of what can be achieved. A year ago he was still playing youth cricket and he is now one of the most exciting prospects to emerge on the global scene.
We are hopeful that his success in turn will point the way for the budding stars of tomorrow.”
Kazi also explained the objections of the KFC Mini-Cricket, stating that it grooms future stars at an early age to be professionals.
He said, “The KFC Mini-Cricket program is aimed at attracting kids to cricket and this mass participation program has been an outstanding success. It not only
introduces youngsters to cricket but to a healthy lifestyle.”