12 Mar 2017 10:40am
WINDHOEK, 12 MAR (NAMPA) Cricket Namibia on Saturday held a cricket developmental programme known as Kwata Cricket at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.
Over 360 children attended the event which was held in conjunction with First National Bank Namibia (FNB), who are the sponsors.
Kwata is a word in Oshiwambo which means catch.
Explaining the concept, one of the coaches, Festus Siputa said the aim of the programme is to catch the childrens dreams of playing sport at an early age, especially those who want to play cricket.
Speaking to Nampa at the stadium, Siputa said the aim of the programme is to grow the capabilities of each player so they can become quality players.
He said the session went well as besides demonstrating to the children how to play cricket, they also allowed them to play mini cricket games.
It seems all the kids loved it, he added.
He stated that such programmes should be held regularly so as to allow children to catch the basics at an early age.
Thirteen-year-old Martha Nambiya from Peoples Primary School said she enjoyed the experience.
It was my first time playing cricket and I enjoyed it. I will consider playing cricket when I grow up, she added.
Romario Velino, who is 10 years old, also enjoyed the session, saying it was a great experience for him to play a game of cricket with his peers.
Racheal Muhuure from Cricket Namibias marketing department said they chose Sam Nujoma Stadium as the venue so as to bring the game to the people.
We want them to start young and develop them to national material, she said, adding that sport develops the ability to work in a team work environment.
It also teaches children to be active and disciplined.
The Kwata Cricket development programme was launched in October 2011 as a way of identifying and developing cricket in Namibia. It also aims to increase interest in the sport from an early age.