Nothing small about mini-cricket!

Annette Willemse -- Wed, 09/30/2015 - 17:05

Nothing small about mini-cricket!

Don’t let the name of the game fool you. Mini-cricket is serious business – just ask any of the 420 youngsters who recently took part in the KFC Mini-cricket Festival which was hosted on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal).

Fanie Roos, Anita Lennox and Liandi van den Berg Each team played two matches Youngsters from age 6 to 12 took part


This year saw the Sport and Recreation Department (within the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Information Technology) host yet another very successful rendition of the very popular KFC Mini-cricket Festival. In total 13 schools from across the Vaal Triangle region took part, with some of the participants travelling as far as Heidelberg to hone their cricketing skills.

According to the organisers the participants were divided into 42 teams under the guidance of no less than 66 coaches. The Gauteng Cricket Board shared in the fun by sponsoring the participants – ranging in ages from 6 – 12 years of age, with T-shirts, hats and a food parcel.

The game plan for the day

Before play commenced, Liandi van den Berg – a lecturer within the Sport and Recreation Department, presented a “Whole brain coaching” workshop for the coaches, while fellow colleagues Fanie Roos and Dr Anita Lennox put the participants through their paces with various warm-up games and activities. Several students majoring in Sport Science also assisted on the day.

Each team played two matches with a short lunch break in-between. After all the games have been played, each team received a bat, stumps and ball as a keepsake.

The organisers are very happy with the outcome of the event and a date has already been identified for the 2016 rendition of the festival, namely 17 September.

More about the KFC Mini-cricket Festival

The KFC Mini-cricket initiative allows children between the ages of 6 to 12, an equal opportunity to get outside and get active. The aim of this national initiative is to get youngsters to be more active and with more than 100 000 children playing in the programme the success thereof is evident. Apart from motivating children to take part in sport, the programme also helps children to learn the disciplines of cricket. In short: children not only have fun practising their batting and bowling skills, but also develop self-confidence all whilst getting physical exercise!

Thank you

The Sport and Recreation Department would like to extend their appreciation towards all the sponsors and the schools who contributed in making the event a success. A special word of appreciation is extended to:

  • Gauteng Cricket Board
  • Van Zyl Boorwerke
  • Cormed Pharmacy