Northerns Cricket Union hosted a coaching clinic at Leamogetswe Community Centre in Atteridgeville on Saturday, with the aim of getting more girls and boys involved in cricket.
Children aged between 6-13 were joined by three Northerns players Bafana Mahlangu, Lerato Kgoatle and Gregory Mahlokwana for an afternoon of fun-filled cricket drills, throw downs and batting.
“The aim is to get the kids into cricket,” said Northerns’ KFC Mini Cricket Coordinator and Talent Acceleration Programme (TAP) Coach, Kagiso Masubelele.
“We’re looking to get both girls and boys at a young age with the ultimate goal of becoming part of the Atteridgeville Cricket Club and have them play hardball cricket after they’ve moved on KFC Mini Cricket.”
With the unique situation facing the children at the Leamogetswe Centre, caring for mainly homeless and troubled youth, Northerns donated cricket equipment in aid of the programme.
This social outreach initiative is also aimed at developing the personnel at Leamogetswe through a coaching course carried out by the coaches from surrounding Northerns’ HUBs in Atteridgeville.
“What we’re actually trying to do is pose a challenge to all the other Unions, to get involved in similar initiatives - to try and assist other communities in need.
“This is the first of many clinics as there are a number of similar centres and these kids are the ones who need it the most, as some of them come from abusive homes,” Masubelele concluded.