The KwaZulu-Natal Cricket Union has launched its Dolphins School of Excellence programme.
It’s designed to enhance collaboration between all youth cricket stakeholders as a crucial step in creating a sustainable pipeline for the Hollywoodbets Dolphins men’s and women’s teams for the future.
“The formal KZNCU structures continue to operate well under the guidance of Cricket South Africa. The DSE will be an additional platform that will add value to the formal pipeline through the support of our incredible KZN community and partners,” said Heinrich Strydom, CEO of KZN Cricket.
The DSE will cater for all players under the age of 18 who want to take their game to the next level. The DSE aims to link the KZN cricket ecosystem and therefore various opportunities will also be extended to up-and-coming coaches, umpires, scorers, ground staff, cricket administrators and private academies.
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“We have various partners that have already committed to purchasing development packages that will be allocated to some of our most talented RPC/Hub development players,” said Strydom. “These packages will enable these kids to train, play and get to know their counterparts from the private schools and academies, with the ultimate aim of creating friendships and a passion for cricket.”
The KZN Department of Sport and Recreation, the Hollywood Foundation, Illovo Sugar Africa, Kookaburra, Coca-Cola Beverages, East Coast Radio, the Cricket Company and TK Clothing have already committed to the programme.
“We saw the Dolphins School of Excellence as a fantastic initiative to get involved with because we haven’t seen anything like it in KwaZulu-Natal,” said Heinrich Koen from Illovo Sugar Africa. “It’s a brilliant way for KZN Cricket to identify up and coming talent and give those players the chance to learn from the best that province has to offer.”
For more information visit www.dolphinscricket.co.za.