A state-of-the-art pilot cricket performance centre, called the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) Kouga Cricket Performance Centre, was officially launched at NMMU on April 20 and on May 3 at the Victory Christian School in Jeffreys Bay – marking a major step forward for the Kouga area.

The Centre is an exciting initiative being launched by the NMMU Legacy Project for the development of cricket in the Kouga region.

Victory Christian School (VCS) was chosen as host for the centre and the current VCS cricket coach, former provincial cricketer and NMMU alumni, Morné Strydom will head up the programme.

According to Strydom (Manager of NMMU Kouga Cricket Performance Centre) the project is much more than just a training centre for young and upcoming cricket players as it provides an all-year-round facility to benefit cricket as a whole.
“The philosophy is to identify and select the most talented cricketers from around the region and develop them through excellent coaching and support services in outstanding facilities in order for them to achieve their full potential. The Centre will form the cornerstone in the development of young cricketers,” said Strydom.

“The Centre will have a local community vision, whereby all schools – eight primary schools and three high schools – will be assisted in the growth of cricket. Coaches from various schools will be identified and empowered with the skills to facilitate cricket growth in each school by attending coaching courses. This will enable the coaches to impart their knowledge and skills at their various schools.”

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According to Strydom, the most talented players from all the local schools will be invited to be part of the Performance Squads (U11, U13, U15, U19) where they will receive intensive coaching throughout the year. These teams will be playing regular matches against good quality cricketing schools in the Eastern Cape.

“The Centre will have excellence at the heart of the project and in so doing attempt to develop and assist aspiring young cricketers to attain their cricket and life potential,” said Strydom.

Morne Strydom (far right) will head up the cricket performance centre in Jeffreys Bay

The launch was attended by Kotie Grove (Director from NMMU Legacy Trust), Shafiek Abrahams (NMMU Legacy Trust and selector for Cricket SA), Morné Strydom (Manager of NMMU Kouga Cricket Performance Centre) and principals, parents and cricket coaches from various schools in the area.

For more information on this funded project, contact Gael Walker at 042 296 0105 or send an e-mail to gwalker@victorycs.co.za.

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