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EMPOWERING COACHES: Mini cricket coaches from around the country gathered at the Kruger National Park for a three-day seminar to encourage them to attract more school children to the game, to ensure a great foundation for possible future Proteas players Picture: SUPPLIED
EMPOWERING COACHES: Mini cricket coaches from around the country gathered at the Kruger National Park for a three-day seminar to encourage them to attract more school children to the game, to ensure a great foundation for possible future Proteas players Picture: SUPPLIED

LOCAL mini cricket coaches rubbed shoulders with big guns of the game – among them Proteas cricket star Temba Bavuma – during a three-day national cricket seminar at the Kruger National Park last month.

Lukhanji’s mini cricket regional chairman, Mfundo Siyo, said the workshop’s aim was to attract more coaches to coach mini cricket as it laid the foundation for transition to senior ranks, which could see some of the boys even playing for the Proteas one day.

“We were taught about administration of mini cricket, how to select teams and that we should make children love and enjoy cricket,” he said.

Siyo, who also serves as the provincial deputy chairman of mini cricket, said members of the Proteas attended the workshop, including Bavuma – the first black SA cricketer to score a century at test level.

“We were encouraged to make sure all schools in the areas we lead participate in cricket.

“The workshop was really empowering for coaches,” Siyo said. He said those who missed out should not despair, as there were two workshops coming up.

“We will have a provincial seminar at Buffalo Park at the beginning of August and Border cricket will be here for a regional workshop at the Thobi Kula Indoor Sports Complex from August 27 to 29,” he added.

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