Nurturing The Future Of South African Sport
Across South Africa, another successful series of cricket clinics were run in July and July by the acclaimed Cricket School of Excellence (CSE).
Children between the ages of four and 13 took advantage of the opportunity to learn from CSE's experienced coaches, led by international coach Ryan Maron.
Since its launch in 2009, the CSE has become one of South Africa's leading cricket schools, using cutting edge technical and behavioural training to influence more than 12,000 young cricketers, playing a role in developing South Africa's stars of the future.
"CSE holiday clinics put me in good stead for my future as a professional cricketer," Michael Pote, who went on to play for UCT, SA Universities, Western Province and the Cape Cobras," said.
Michael Rippon is one of many who have gone on to play professionally - and Rippon has reached international level - after attending CSE clinics.
"Sport takes dedication and discipline. These are skills that are transferable to all aspects of young people’s lives," Maron says.
CSE are proud to be South African and are triple-BEE accredited and their belief in the benefits of sport for young people runs deep.
They run an extensive development programme to designed to reach young people from disadvantaged communities, inviting 15-20 students from these ares to join each clinic.
An ongoing partnership with Khayelitsha Cricket Club that was established nine years ago, helps them touch the lives of hundreds of children who would otherwise never have been given such opportunities.
In December 2013, thanks to sponsorship from City Vision and Sportingbet, they were able to take a two-day intensive training clinic to Khayelitsha Oval, where they worked with 150 aspiring young cricketers, both boys and girls.
Now, their vision is to further develop and sustain this programme to find and nurture talent in these communities and create opportunities for young South Africans everywhere, regardless of their background.
"Continuity is incredibly important for these young people," Maron explained.
"Coming in for one-off events is ineffective. We need to work with them on an ongoing basis to see the technical and behavioural results we know are possible," he adds.
The work CSE have already done prove that real results are possible when communities come together to focus on a common goal - a better future for all.
Not only do CSE Cricket Clinic attendees have access to world-class sports training, their mere presence creates an opportunity for a child whose talents might otherwise have gone unrecognized and undeveloped.
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