The strong Cape Town wind did not deter 150 young cricketers from attending a successful cricket clinic at the Gugulethu (Our Pride) Sports Complex on Wednesday 4th February 2009, hosted by the Solstice Foundation and Sporting Chance.
On arrival the participants were given a thorough warm up before being divided into their respective age groups and skill stations. Each participant received specialised individual attention from the coaches and was instructed in fielding, bowling, wicket keeping and batting drills.. Groups rotated every half hour between stations ensuring that they worked on and improved all aspects of their game.
The teachers from each of the participating schools were introduced to a number of new coaching techniques by clinic co-ordinator Mark Khoabane and were each given a mini cricket handbook to use as a guideline for future coaching.
“We hope that each of the teachers present will take what they have learnt back to their school and pass on the knowledge to the rest of the children who were not present” said Sporting Chance MD Brad Bing. “There is an abundance of talent in Gugulethu and possibly one day the Gugulethu CC will be a force to be reckoned with in the WPCA leagues.
“A special thanks to the Solstice Foundation for making these clinics possible and for assisting in the development of young sportsmen in this community. We look forward to seeing the children displaying their newly acquired skills at Street and Calypso Cricket.”