Fun and Enjoyment, the theme of KFC Mini-Cricket
800 kids, ages 7-11, were in attendance at the Provincial KFC Mini-Cricket festival on Saturday, 1 September. The event was held at Highlands North High School, with over 60 schools participating. 120 passionate volunteers, comprising educators and area co-ordinators, together with 27 Central Gauteng Lions coaches looked after the kids and ensured a smooth roll out of the planned activities.
With music playing in the background and competitions being run; the main objective of the day was to get kids active and have fun under the African sun. In addition, Central Gauteng Lions has a mandate to identify at least 40 talented kids that can be progressed to hard ball cricket, joining the organisation’s youth pipeline structure.
There are plenty success stories of professional cricketers who started out their careers at mini cricket festivals; contracted bizhub Highveld Lions players include Mangaliso Mosehle, Dominic Hendricks, Bjorn Fortuin and Omphile Ramela, to name a few.
Ramela was present on the day to address and inspire the kids. He fondly remembers the biscuits on offer during his time as a big motivator for taking part in the initiative. When asked to reminisce about the highlights of this festival, he responded: “The food, definitely. The excitement, the friends…and obviously the dancing; not that I’m a great dancer myself. Just the great fun you have on a day like this.”
And fun was definitely had.
Gary Moos, KFC Mini Cricket Administrator at Central Gauteng Lions commented: “ We are happy with how things went today. Fun and enjoyment is what we are about, and by the looks on the kids faces, we have achieved that.”
The playing session was scheduled for 3 hours, at the end of the session some of the children were delaying the packing up process. As he was trying to gather the remaining group of friends, coach Harmony Ntshinga commented: “You and me will be tired, but they can play from sunrise to sunset!”
Here’s looking forward to future bizhub Highveld Lions players from this group of mini-cricketers, who will bat the whole day and fly the provincial flag high.