For many years, cricket was regarded as the game of the privileged, but great strides have been made to make cricket a truly national sport of winners.
The work done by Affiliates and Associates (Members) in this space needs to be acknowledged as it has contributed enormously to the CSA vision. The development programme in the previously disadvantaged communities started long before South Africa held its first democratic elections in 1994. The programme continues to emphasize the following principles: Make the game accessible to all, ongoing skills development through comprehensive training programmes for players, coaches, managers, match officials, ground staff, volunteers and employees. Ensure results driven and measurable programmes are in place and retain players at all levels of amateur cricket with an emphasis on club cricket. To create centres of excellence (currently referred to as HUBS and Regional Performance Centres – RPC’s) to link with schools and club cricket providing a clear path from grassroots to Proteas through a uniform development programme throughout the country whilst ensuring capacity building takes place creating windows of opportunity.
The centres of excellence concept has been reengineered to enhance and further develop the game of cricket amongst Black communities by supporting effective HUBS and RPC’s to contribute positively towards the CSA Pipeline of Players, Coaches, Administrators, Umpires, Scorers and Ground-staff. This concept provides schools feeding a HUB or RPC access to facilities whilst broadening the game of cricket among the Black communities. It also aims to develop quality Black cricketers who will contribute positively towards the CSA pipeline plan, therefore supporting the CSA Transformation Agenda.
The current feeder structure to high performance squads is through Model C/Private schools that produces over 80% of our national players. For every 20 white players there is an average of 3 Black African players which is a major imbalance and needs to be addressed
Feeder structure around HUBS/RPC should have a minimum of 4 Primary and 4 High Schools near a HUB or RPC structure and the HUBS act as a feeder into the RPC.
CRICKET HUBS STRUCTURE
Cricket HUBS are Effective Cricketing Centres servicing a community within an area of jurisdiction of a CSA Affiliate or Associate. Their objective is to develop and maintain effective cricketing structures from grassroots right through to senior cricket with a minimum criteria for operating as a HUB structure including: a Level II qualified Head Coach and Level I Assistant Coaches, adequate facilities for practices and matches, a minimum of 4 primary and 4 high schools feeding a hub, a coaching programme that caters for all ages and gender as per CSA age group pipeline with affiliated teams to play in the various leagues. They must operate as a feeder to RPC and Provincial Youth Teams and have a reporting mechanism in place to both CSA and the Affiliate or Associate.
The desired outcomes of a HUB programme are to increase and sustain participation with improved performances through playing more quality matches. To develop and identify talent whilst advancing the knowledge and skills of coaches, administrators, scorers and umpires. There should real community engagement and bursary opportunities created at school and Tertiary Institutions.
REGIONAL PERFORMANCE CENTRES STRUCTURE
Regional Performance Centres are places where the highest standards are maintained. Their objective is to nurture the talent (it can be club based or multiple hubs elite player programme) with the aim of preparing them to excel in their cricketing disciplines and play more (increased participation) and more quality (increased excellence) matches at the highest level possible.
The desired outcomes of a RPC programme are to produce proficient cricketers that can perform at representative level. Identify Players whilst uplifting the performance of HUB programme teams in the various leagues. The upliftment of coaching skills and programmes at HUB level is important to create a winning culture in a team environment and to enable bursary opportunities at school and tertiary institutions.
The HUB and RPC programme has been running in SWD now for 3 seasons and already the programme has seen massive strides in promoting the game in the communities with HUBs now producing SWD Provincial Youth Team players as well as winning trophies.
One RPC operates in Bridgton, Oudtshoorn run by Head Coach, Elridge Booysen and Assistant Coaches Merlin Masimela and Justin Jordaan. Three HUBs, one based at the Rosemoore Stadium, George which is run by Head Coach Angus Roelfse and Assistant Coaches Shaun Pretorius and Bianca Figeland, one at Imezamoyethu Secondary, Thembalethu in George, run by Head Coach Lastword Tapfumenayi and Assistant Coaches Joseph Sonti and Lukhanyo Makhula, and one at the D’Almeida Stadium, Mossel Bay run by Head Coach Ranwill Claassen and Assistant Coaches Devan Muller and Godwin Plaaitjies. Schools in the area can contact these HUBS and the RPC via the details listed at the bottom of this article.
Some of the recent achievements of this fantastic, uplifting programme are:
- Mthobeli Bangindawo – debuted for the SWD Provincial team during the Africa T20 Cup and has since played for the team during the CSA 3 day and 50 over competitions
- D’Almeida HUB U15 Promotion League Champions – 2016/17 Season
- Bridgton RPC players selected to SWD Youth Teams
- Jandre Van Wyk, Jean Bruiners, Tyrece Karelse, Keenan Arries, Leyton Avontuur, Joviano Tock.
- Thembalethu HUB players selected to SWD Youth Teams
- Ayabonga Kitshini, Athenkosi Mapona, Mihlali Gcanga, Mthobeli Bangindawo, Shalton Ngonyama (all attended or attending SWD Provincial Academy), Morgan Gege, Unathi Mbathane, Siyabonga Mbathane, Anaxolo Kitshini, Sintu Majiza, Ayabonga Ngondo, Anele Siyo, Mesuli Vuba, Ayabonga Anthony.
- Rosemoore HUB players selected to SWD Youth Teams:
- Jesse Adames (bursary to Oakdale), Xavier Tekana, Linford Krotz
- D’Almeida HUB players selected to SWD youth Teams:
- Jedhli Van Briesies (bursary to Langenhoven Gymnasium), Jesse Roussouw, Raven-Lee Kemmies
- The following coaches from the programme have been appointed in recent times as:
- Elridge Booysen – Bridgton RPC Head Coach: as SWD Girls U19 Assistant and Head Coach
- Merlin Masimela – Bridgton RPC Assistant Coach: as Assistant SWD U19 Coach
- Ranwill Claassen – D’Almeida HUB Head Coach: as SWD U15 Assistant Coach
- Joseph Sonti – Thembalethu HUB Assistant Coach: as SWD U15 Manager
There always challenges to any programme and some of the challenges these HUBS and the RPC face are transport logistics, well maintained AND prepared municipal facilities for the players to play on, schools cancelling games at short notice to go along with the socio-economic challenges the individual players face ranging from coming to practice hungry, without the right clothing or shoes, to the safety of the children and coaches walking to and from training. The appeal to the communities is to embrace these uplifting programmes, support and protect them whilst getting involved on whatever basis you are able to.
BRIDGTON RPC: Elridge Booysen – firstname.lastname@example.org
ROSEMOORE HUB: Angus Roelfse – email@example.com
THEMBALETHU HUB: Lastword Tapfumenayi – firstname.lastname@example.org
D’ALMEIDA HUB: Ranwill Claassen – email@example.com