The 2013 edition of the KFC Mini-Cricket National Seminar has been heralded as a great success, following two days of positive and innovative discussions in Polokwane. The theme for this year was “back to basics”, and highlighted the importance of simplifying the fundamentals.
CSA’s Youth Cricket Officer, David Mokopanele, said: “This seminar was one of the best we’ve had, the enthusiasm and feedback from the delegates has been fantastic. The key now is for them to take the information and ideas back to their regions and communities. Back to basics is about keeping things simple. This programme is about fun; but we need to ensure that we continue to groom future Proteas in the process.”
Bertus Theron from Northerns was named as the Coach of the Year, alongside Charlotte Serwadi (Northerns) and Gary Moos (SWD) who were named as the provincial co-ordinators of the year. Theron is a qualified scientist who volunteers for the programme, and says he is looking forward to implementing some of the ideas he picked up at the seminar.
“These annual seminars are so important because they also serve as a platform to share information and ideas,” he said. “It’s motivating and I enjoyed interacting with the delegates and getting some insight into how they work in their regions. This has really fired up my passion for this programme.”
Some of the key targets for the following year will be increasing the quality rather than the quantity of the cricketers coming through. The programme currently has 105 000 participants, and continues to grow by the year.