7 April 2021 – Betway’s recent partnership with the Gary Kirsten Foundation will soon produce a new and exciting generation of community-based cricket coaches in Khayelitsha and surrounding areas.
This was the expert opinion of #BetwayCares Skills Hub ambassador and Proteas legend, Makhaya Ntini, who was speaking from the two-day cricket workshop held in partnership with the Gary Kirsten Foundation in Khayelitsha on 30 and 31 March. The workshop formed part of Betway’s ongoing nationwide community sport development programme.
Ntini, alongside fellow Proteas legend, Gary Kirsten ,were among the invited guests in the two-day workshop that saw 20 coaches from Khayelitsha and surrounding townships kick starting an exciting career in the field of coaching through the foundation’s online coaching course tool, CoachingEd.
The former fast-bowler and current TV analyst emphasised the importance of aspiring cricketers having access to qualified coaches in communities, adding that the coaches were in fact the backbone of growing the sport and producing talent for the country.
“It is no secret that communities such as Khayelitsha are fertile ground for breeding exciting Cricket talent. For such talent to be produced at an even higher and consistent rate, it is crucial that communities have trained and qualified coaches who are able to identify and nurture talent,” Ntini said.
The workshop was the second edition of an ongoing #BetwayCares Skills Hub programme, following a successful Sport Administration workshop for Gauteng women in February.