Cricket Kenya (“CK”) is continuing with its efforts to spread the sport throughout the country through new initiatives and development programmes.
Over the weekend, Chairman Samir Inamdar and Chief Executive Tom Sears travelled to Kisumu along with CK Board member Shailesh Sheth and development coach and former Kenya player Joseph Angara to meet with representatives of local cricket playing clubs in and around the area as well as members from the teaching fraternity who are participating in Cricket Kenya’s ongoing development projects in Kisumu. The meeting was also attended by the local Provincial Sports Officer.
The discussions centred around putting in place initiatives on how to grow the game by developing cricket at all levels, adopting a formal constitution, attracting members and progressing towards becoming a formal provincial association of Cricket Kenya. The Cricket Kenya group also inspected several school grounds with a view to developing at least two purpose built cricket facilities with astro turf pitches which will be accessible to players of all ages and abilities.
Last week CK development officer Joseph Angara and former international and qualified coach Kennedy Obuya travelled to Kerugoya Girls High School, in Central Province where they conducted a three-day introduction to cricket coaching course to 26 teachers.
The sessions were also attended by Government sports officers from Kirinyaga, Meru, Nyandarua, Kiambu and Mwea districts of Central Kenya. CK completed the visit with a coaching session for 18 girls from Kerugoya Girls High School which was concluded by a small mini-cricket game to put into practice the new skills learned.
Chief Executive Tom Sears said: ‘It is vital for the future of cricket in Kenya that we take the sport to new areas and give as many people as possible the opportunity to play and enjoy the game. There is enormous talent in Kenya and we want to unearth the stars of the future wherever they may be and to do that we must give people the chance to play.
‘Cricket Kenya is committed to providing the advice, the coaching, the equipment and the facilities needed to introduce the game, help it grow and ensure everyone has a chance to enjoy cricket and reach their potential. The more people we have playing across the country the more successful we will be.
‘These two recent initiatives are part of a comprehensive development programme across the country that has been on-going for a number of years and is gradually expanding to reach more people and new areas every year.’