The school holidays got off to a great start when over 500 boys and girls, aged nine to 14 years old, from Langa, Khayelitsha, Manenberg, Ocean View, Masiphumelele and Mitchell’s Plain enjoyed a fun day out playing cricket on Sunrise Beach, Muizenberg on Thursday 07 December 2017. The eager young cricketers participated in the Calypso Cricket Festival, which is now in its 27th year. Twenty-five cricket pitches were marked out along the beach with teams of ten children playing against one another in an action-packed day full of laughs and smiles. [Photographer: Brenton Geach]

The Festival is a key event for identifying new cricketing talent in Cape Town. Cricket coaches from the NGO Sporting Chance, helped the enthusiastic youngsters to hone their ball skills and a team from the Gary Kirsten Cricket Academy identified youngsters with promise who could benefit from additional cricket coaching and opportunities throughout the year.

Protea cricketer Temba Bavuma attended the Calypso Cricket Festival in the late 1990s and it was while he was playing on the beach that he made a first impression with the coaches. Other well-known cricketers who participated in Calypso Cricket and have since made their way into provincial teams include Malusi Siboto who now plays for the Titans and, Nono Pongolo who plays for the Lions as well as former Protea wicketkeeper Thami Tsolekile.

The Rotary Club of Signal Hill, with funding support from the Rotary Club of Claremont, covered the cost of transporting all the children to the beach for the day, and ensured they were well nourished with snacks, refreshments and a tasty lunch. Participants all received a T-shirt and left carrying a goodie bag of treats.

“This cricketing event inspires a passion in the sport and offers an alternative activity for children from underprivileged communities who are at high risk of being exposed to drugs, alcohol and gangsterism. Bavuma, Tsolekile, Siboto and Pongolo are proof enough that the Calypso Cricket Festival is a fantastic event that offers a bright future to those with sporting potential. We are thrilled to partner with the Rotary Club of Signall Hill and Sporting Chance in ensuring this event is a success,” says Monique Stuart-Fox, chairperson of the Rotary Club of Claremont’s Outreach Programme. The Rotary Club of Claremont has invested more than R1.5 million in various other smaller Rotary District 9350 club’s projects, like this one, over the past six years.

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[Photographer: Brenton Geach]