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Cricket and netball to develop multi-purpose facility

Netball South Africa and Cricket South Africa have launched a joint development initiative in partnership with the Department of Basic Education, to accelerate transformation in South African sport with relevance to school sport.

The initiative will enable the two sporting codes to share usage of the sports facilities in CSA’s Community Hubs, and Standard Bank Regional Performance Centre programmes.

The pilot programme will be launched at the Botshabelo hub near Bloemfontein, which caters for more than 100 players between the ages of 10-18 years, and oversees the local KFC Mini-Cricket Programme.
‘Our Hubs and RPC programmes provide a secure environment for running constructive development programmes within the communities,’ commented Corrie Van Zyl, CSA general manager.
‘It is key for federations to join and utilise facilities for the benefit of our future national players. This collaborative approach will assist both parties to obtain greater resources, encourage community involvement and increase the programme’s success.
‘We already have many girls and women participating in our development programmes and our partnership with Netball [SA] will further enhance gender equality in South African sport.
‘Further joint facilities will be rolled out in the near future,’ concluded Van Zyl.

‘NSA is keen on wanting to support the transformation agenda and deliver on the set goals for transformation in the country. We are looking to work together with CSA to achieve a common goal, amongst others investing in the development of future Proteas, and increasing the success of both federations in relation to the Eminent Persons Group,’ said president of Netball South Africa, Cecilia Molokwane.

Roles and responsibilities of the partners
Department of Basic Education
The Hub Programme will be incorporated in the integrated school sport programme.
To hold regular stakeholder meetings with School Governing Bodies and Teacher Unions to ensure support for the Hub programme
To aid and support the development of playing facilities at schools.
To advocate and mobilise schools to participate in the Hub Programme in all Districts and Provinces
To support worthy educational and sporting causes, from time to time, as identified by the Parties.
Assist with equipment, transport and teacher capacitation.
Cricket SA and Netball SA
To establish and extend the Hubs programme in collaboration with the Parties.
To run cluster leagues to feed into the School Sport Programme in identified Hubs.
To assist in development of teachers as administrators, coaches and match officials.
To assist in the establishment of Code Committees at District, Provincial and National levels.
To support worthy educational and sporting causes, from time to time, as identified by the Parties.
Photo: From left; Max Jordaan – CSA Transformation Manager, T Ralepele – Sechaba se maketse school headmaster, a ward counsellor, Zola Thamae – FSCU President and CSA board member, Cecilia Molokwane – Netball SA President, Kgomotso Tlhakudi – Academy Chief Director Free State, Corrie Van Zyl – Cricket SA  General Manager, Bongani Zondi – Deputy Director DBE – School Enrichment Programme at the launch last week.

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