17 Apr 2015 14:30pm
WINDHOEK, 17 APR (NAMPA) - Cricket Namibia (CN) has conducted talent identification programmes across the country in an effort to increase exposure to the sport in Namibia.
The exercise is also aimed at choosing players to contest for the national teams of their respective age groups.
A media statement issued by CN's Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Donovan Zealand on Friday stated that the identification process was conducted over the last couple of weeks and the CN delegation was spear-headed by CN's Development Manager, Steven Berry, who was full of praise for the Namibian youngsters upon his return.
Zealand said the programme kicked-off in northern Namibia on 9 March with players from Outjo and Tsumeb showcasing their skills.
According to Zealand in Outjo, the Moria Edugate, Edugate Otjiwarongo and Vooruit organisations participated, stating that with the help of Berry and national player Gerrie Snyman, the young players showed some great skill.
Zealand said the programme then moved to the central coast, with Walvis Bay being up first, where the Sparta Sports Club played host, before Berry and his colleague Christopher Coombe moved on to Swakopmund.
Christopher Coombe and I went to the coast in order to seek out the most talented players in the coastal region. We spent a Monday in Walvis Bay, and we could clearly see that there has been good cricket played, as the players were of a high standard, said Berry in the statement.
The statement further read that the focus was however on the Elnatan Private School in the small town of Stampriet in southern Namibia.
In the 3 days that the camp took place, you could see a huge change in the players, seeing as when we arrived, they were unsure about their techniques and other aspects of the game. But by the end of the clinic, players had improved their techniques and grown their confidence immensely, stated Berry.
With their missions successfully accomplished, Berry along with Wynand Louw, a Senior National Umpire, went to Oranjemund this past weekend to re-launch cricket in the diamond town, where they focused on coaching.
Cricket has not been played in Oranjemund competitively in close to 20 years, and we know that there is keen interest in the town, reads the statement.
Furthermore, the statement indicated that level-one coaching courses were then presented to senior players, so that they have an idea on the basics and how they can improve on their own game.
The umpire course is vital, as Cricket Namibia is looking to have a team from Oranjemund playing in the 2015/2016 clubs league, however in order to achieve all of the above, Cricket Namibia had to present a Cricket Administrative Program (CAP) course which includes Financial Administration an Club Structuring amongst others, it further read.
Originating from England, cricket started being played by adults in the sixteenth century and is now played professionally in most Commonwealth Nations. It is believed to be a combination of a childrens game and bowls, with the only difference being the intervention of a batsman to stop the ball from reaching a destination.