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NC Cricket launches talent nursery

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Based on the depth of responses the organisers might look into expanding the academy’s programme to include more training sessions.

Gibson Molale NCC president (left) and franchise CEO Tebogo January. Picture: Supplied

Northern Cape Cricket (NCC) has made another addition to its arsenal of cricket development academies with the initiation of the latest “School of Excellence” to be launched at the HC Rose Sports Centre in Gemdene, Kimberley next Friday (August 5).

NCC Cricket services manager Shaheed Alexander on Thursday confirmed the launch of the academy, saying the introductory training will, for now, be conducted on Friday and Saturday of each week.

Alexander said the initiative will gauge the level of response to the invitation by the academy for youngsters aged seven years old and above to join. Based on the depth of responses the organisers might look into expanding the academy’s programme to include more training sessions.

Youngsters seen at the Northern Cape Cricket’s mini cricket drive at the Diamond Oval in Cassandra earlier this year. Picture: Neville Motlhabakwe

“I will be in charge of the academy,” Alexander said. He will also have the capable assistance of two level three coaches with whom he will be conducting the training sessions.

NCC CEO Tebogo January said the company had during the winter recess hosted a well attended, corporate sponsored mini cricket drive for pre teens at the Diamond Oval.

NCC head coach Mark Charlton and his assistant coaches had also been busy over the recess period conducting cricket development initiatives at several schools and local clubs

The provincial cricket franchise had on many previous occasions emphasised that there was a pressing need for them to strengthen their development feeder pipeline to ensure that the senior team has options in the intake of skilled and talented youngsters.

Both the NCC president Gibson Molale and coach Charlton have expressed the aspiration that the team makes it into the premier division of cricket. The stakes have been upped on that objective with the entry of the Indian Premier League (IPL) funders buying cricket franchises in South Africa.

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