Junior cricket tournament launched
06 August 2020 | Sports
Yesterday Cricket Namibia (CN) launched a new youth developmental cricket tournament in Windhoek called the National African Personal Services (APS) Sixes.
This tournament will cater for boys and girls from the age of 10 upwards and is scheduled to start in September, in line with the lockdown regulations announced by the government.
Speaking at the launch, CN chief executive officer, Johan Muller said the tournament is a six aside competition that builds up in different towns, to regions before culmination in a national competition.
“The vision from CN is to incorporate several youth programmes under schools, academies and individual capacity and junior club structures in order to ensure that the youth of the country have access to the game in different environments, communities, structures and time periods of the year,” he said.
He added that their job is to create different products in the form of tournaments, structures or competitions in a diversified manner.
His views were echoed by Robert de Villiers, the managing director of the sponsors APS, who said the competition will develop many new cricket players for the future.
“With all the achievements like attaining the One Day International status, we need a larger pool of players to become more competitive in the world.
“I call upon the players to take advantage of this opportunity and explore cricket as a sport of choice,” he said.
Currently, over 80 schools have registered nationwide, with more schools expected to register between now and September when the tournament starts.