The 14th annual KFC Mini-Cricket seminar ended on a high note, leaving its 156 delegates looking forward to the next 30 years of the programme. The seminar, which took place from 01 to 04 July at the San Lameer Hotel & Resort on the KZN South Coast saw the country's mini-cricket coaches and co-ordinators gather for a feedback and brain storming session to help plot the way forward for the upcoming season. CSA and KFC also used the opportunity to thank all the often forgotten volunteers and foot soldiers of this essential programme for all their hard work and dedication for the past 30 years.
CSA Youth Cricket Manager, Niels Momberg said: "The annual KFC Mini-Cricket Seminar was an undisputed success. Delegates returned home rejuvenated by a healthy balance between fun events as well as a wide range of insightful presentations. The seminar has become not only highlight but also an all important event on the CSA Pipeline calendar."
Delegates were treated to a Q&A session with former Proteas bowler André Nel, who spoke candidly about his career and the people who influenced him. He stressed the importance of coaches at the onset of a player's career, commenting that they are the ones who are held in the highest regard by their charges.
Many awards and prizes were given out to the coaches who excelled during the past season and they were recognised for their efforts. The KFC Mini-Cricket Coach of the Year went to Angela Cilliers and the KFC Mini-Cricket Co-ordinator of the Year went to Sibonelo Ngcobo, who both came from the KwaZulu-Natal Inland region.
KFC also launched their Junior Ambassadors programme. This programme is aimed at having children encouraging other children to take part in the mini-cricket programme. Searches will be set up at all provincial festivals to find the chosen few who will get to interact with their domestic and international cricket heroes as well as other children.
KFC CSI and Sponsorship Manager, Lauren Turnbull was delighted by the success of yet another seminar and looks forward to a busy season ahead, "KFC is looking forward to another season of KFC Mini-Cricket and with 100 000 children participating in the programme we hope to get kids playing cricket frequently and leading active and balanced lifestyles. There is a lot to look forward to this season with 16 provincial festivals taking place and a KFC Mini-Cricket ambassadors search."