Cricket South Africa (CSA) has welcomed the exciting news that the Community Hubs and RPC programmes are starting to make a huge impact on the broadening of the talent pool at youth level.
“The statistics are quite stunning,” commented CSA General Manager: Cricket, Corrie van Zyl.
“These development programmes in underprivileged areas and in some cases in areas where cricket had never been played before have so far exceeded our expectations and this is only the starting point of making our game a truly national sport of excellence.
“In 2015 the Hubs and RPCs contributed 119 players to the various provincial teams going to the national boy’s and girl’s youth tournaments in December and last year there was a slight increase to 136.
“There has been absolute explosion of talent coming through this year and the number of players selected for the youth tournaments has rocketed to 243.
“This is a huge increase by any standards and will strengthen our resolve to give more children from our non-traditional feeder systems the chance to excel.
“This is truly a very exciting development for South African cricket,” concluded Van Zyl.
His words were echoed by CSA Acting Chief Executive Thabang Moroe. “If we want to be the best we have to unlock all the human resources available to us and it is extremely rewarding and heartening to see these latest figures.
“I would also like to thank Coca-Cola and Momentum, who sponsor our various youth tournaments, for the contribution they are making to enable our youth of today who are our stars of tomorrow to live their dreams.”
The dates for the National Age Group weeks are as follows:
Boys Under 15 Week – 08-12 December 2017 – Bloemfontein
Boys Under 13 Week – 11-15 December 2017 – Oudtshoorn
Boys Under 17 Week – 13-17 December 2017 – East London
Girls Under 19 Week – 10-14 December 2017 – Port Elizabeth
Khaya Majola Under 19 Week – 17-21 December 2017 – Johannesburg