The ICC-Africa Regional Office is set to host its second Senior Woman’s Elite Academy scheduled to take place from the 11th – 14th of February 2012 in Johannesburg South Africa
The RDM–CEO of ACA-ICC commented that the first Academy was a huge success as the performances of the Ladies who attended it was evident at the recent T20 competition staged in Tanzania 2011. The intake for the second Academy was based on the performances of the T20 in Tanzania. It has a mixture of youth and experience.
The Academy will motivate the girls and woman cricket within the continent and will also encourage the members to institute mass participation of woman cricket within their countries. These Ladies must become the ambassadors for women’s cricket in Africa.
The aim of this Academy is enhance their cricketing skills as well as motivate and enhance Woman’s participation in cricket within Africa as this will then set a new foundation for Girls and Woman’s with regards to cricket development within the region.
A total of 24 Woman from all over Africa will attend the Academy and will be undergoing extensive cricket coaching under the experience and expertise of Feizal Kimmie, the Senior Development officer for the ICC-Africa regional office. He will be accompanied by an assistant coach named Ephraim Nyawo of the Easterns Academy, Jolene Campher, an expert in Sport Vision & Wicket Keeping and Jody Martin, a level 3 coach and a Meta coach in Psychology.
Kenya will be represented by three ladies namely; Margaret Banja, Belinda Maska and youngster Queentor Aoko. Banja, emerged the third best batter in the recently concluded Africa Women’s championships held in Kampala, Uganda last December while Maska – a seasoned campaigner in the was amongst the top wicket-takers in the same event. Aoko – an under-19 player was voted the best player in the under-19 Africa event held in Dar-es-Salaam in early December.
The 4-day Elite academy will consist of the following aspects:-
Meta coaching (Psychology) session
Session on mental aspects of cricket
Match on the final day