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Over 1000 kids attended the Western Province KFC Mini-Cricket Provincial Festival at the PPC Newlands on the 13th March 2020.

The programme brings youngsters from across our diverse country together and not only introduces them to the wonderful game of cricket but also allows them to play and have fun.

The festival was hosted with Cobras Players Simon Khomari, Isaac Dikgale and Rory Kleinveld were all there to assist in coaching the kids and looking for talent. The Western Province Women’s team came out in full force including their coach Claire Terblanche, Proteas player and Western Province players Sinalo Jafta, Andrie Steyn and Laura Wolvaardt.

Laura has just come back from the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup and where she was picked in the World XI.

“I started playing cricket by playing Mini-Cricket and it started with me just playing to do something to keep me busy but I see that things have changed considerably since I played. I can see that there are a lot more kids playing KFC Mini-Cricket, they know a lot more about cricket than what I used to and they really have a lot of fun. As a player we don’t always know the impact that we have on the players. My brother plays rugby and when his mates come back from a KFC Mini-Cricket festival they tell him about all the professional players that they have met and how the players have inspired them. Who knows, one of the kids that I spoke to today could be the next Laura Wolvaardt.” said Western Province and Proteas wicket keeper Sinalo Jafta.

“We had 1000 kids and over 200 coaches that come from schools from all 5 regions in the Western Cape. These youngsters and their teachers get excited to play on a big stage like the Newlands Cricket Ground where they get to see their heroes play. It was special for the kids to get to see Simon Khomari, Isaac Dikgale, Laura Wolvaardt, Andrie Steyn and Sinalo Jafta at the festival but the big surprise for me was when retired Proteas player Rory Kleinveld actually asked me if he could attend the festival to coach the kids. It just shows how special the programme is for the players for them to ask to be part of it.” said Mark Khoabane the Western Province Mini-Cricket coordinator.

The attending kids from the various schools are a part of the 124 000 kids from 6495 schools that take part in over 44 000 KFC Mini-Cricket matches around the country over the cricket season.

The KFC Mini-Cricket programme remains one of the most impactful and significant development programmes in the South African sporting landscape and goes far beyond the game of cricket.

Kids from all walks of life and corners of the country will continue to have a platform that will help them grow, develop and shine in hopes of reaching their full potential and realise their dreams and possibly become the future stars of this country, like their Protea Heroes.

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