Cricket proves a hit in Botswana schools

| October 24, 2013

In 2007, Botswana Cricket Association (BCA) embarked on a development programme that sought to grow the footprints of cricket in the country from grassroots level.

Although growing at a cautious pace, the programme has over the past six years continued to find its place in the hearts of local primary school children. The BCA hopes that the growing resource base at grassroots level will help create a solid foundation for future stars for the national teams of the various age group categories and subsequently fuel strength into both the men and women’s senior teams.

Just recently the association celebrated a major achievement when 15 new government primary schools were incorporated into the BCA structure. The new schools include Thebephatshwa, Sojwe, Shadishadi, Pule Memorial, Letlole, Mmokolodi, Moshaweng, Mahetlwe, Hatsalatladi, Medie, Peleng West, Pitikwe, Hebron, Khuto, and Matsaakgang – all from rural Botswana.

The achievement translates into a further 641 boys and girls who have been enrolled into the game. This brings to 174 the total number of public primary schools where Cricket is played by a total of 10, 140 boys and girls who are part of the programme. “The ongoing efforts to introduce the game and sustain its development in those respective areas have proven to be a challenge, but one that is rewarding if app[roached and handled properly,” accordbwing to Sumod Damodar who is the secretary – fixtures and publicity.

He notes that in the six years of the programme they have achieved the minimum requirement of 50percent presence in all government schools. Meanwhile, a tournament dubbed the Ramotswa U-13 Boys & Girls 20 Overs Tournament was expected to get underway yesterday. The tournament was to be played at Ketshwerebothata Primary school. Eight schools were to compete in the tournament being, Mojadife, Ketshwerebothata, St Bernads, Seboko, Baratani, Magopane, and Kgetheng.




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