The KFC Mini Cricket programme has continued to be the largest national grassroots cricket development programme in South Africa.
Former Proteas bowler, Robin Peterson, recently accompanied the children to visit the national team during the series against Zimbabwe.
Three winning schools from Port Elizabeth had an opportunity of a lifetime for young aspiring cricket players – a chance to not only shake hands, but also join their Proteas heroes while on national duty, domestically.
Peterson says the focus is to develop cricket players at primary school level.
”Seeing how the Proteas interact and prepare for games was great for them. A lot of those guys are the heroes and it just gives the kids an opportunity to dream and to see how humble the Proteas are, and how willing they are to interact with the kids. Yes, we watch them on TV and perform every week, but actually normal people.”
But it’s not only about cricket, but also about helping the kids to set goals, make the right choices, take advantage of opportunities and get them to dream.
Proteas fast bowler and rising star, Andile Phehlukwayo, remembers his days as a kid growing up. He knows he is fortunate to be able to give back to youngsters.
”I didn’t have the privilege to meet some of the professional players. So, I thought what a wonderful thing if I can contribute to a kids career or kids growing up in terms of meeting a future leader and a future person that day.”
Lots of kids enjoyed the beautiful game of cricket.