Northerns Cricket Union is aiming to further develop cricket at grassroots level with the appointment of Little Titans Adminstrator Keletso Tjiane, ahead of the upcoming season.
Tjiane, former administrator at Mamelodi Cricket Club, will provide support to NCU and Multiply Titans’ ambition to continue developing community cricket and its structures.
Little Titans will be centred on four pillars; mainly festivals, coaching clinics, street cricket and equipment.
For the first time, street cricket will be introduced to the streets of Tshwane's cricket HUBS with the aim of increasing participation. The programme will look to introduce a brand of cricket to children in a fun way and hope to create attraction to a club or school where the Union will provide coaching and playing opportunities.
“Last year we launched Little Titans, where the focus was aimed at attracting existing players. This year we are extending the festivals and introducing coaching clinics at different schools,” said Johan Muller, Cricket Operations Manager.
Along with generating a new interest in cricket, Little Titans will also manufacture cricketing equipment in order to help bridge the gap between aspiring cricketers and the costliness of equipment.
“It is mainly aimed at accessibility and affordability. We have seen, especially for youngsters to start up in the game, it is quite a costly exercise, so we are manufacturing our own brand that is very affordable, almost half the price but attractive and exciting-looking,” added Muller.
Tjiane will also assist with the affiliated clubs and HUBs administrative duties as well as assist with the Union’s feeder systems and fundraising initiatives.
Little Titans will host an official pre-season launch at the end of July, with more information to follow.