The Lusern Cricket Project, which was launched last year in partnership with the South African Police Services (SAPS) by the Cape Winelands Department of Rural and Social Development to promote cricket among the rural pupils of the Cape Winelands community, has received further portable cricket sets from the department.
The project is used as a tool to fight crime and substance abuse among the youth by encouraging them to be actively involved in sport, in this case cricket.
Speaking at the handover ceremony in Boland Park, Paarl on 2 April 2011, Councillor C du Plessis said sport can be used as a vehicle to steer young people away from criminal activities and let them concentrate on matters that could build their futures.
“Sport provides young people with skills that are applicable not only on the cricket field, but skills that can be applied throughout their lives, such as communication, problem solving, working with different people, developing healthy lifestyles, and children also develop high self-esteem when they are able to achieve on the sport field,” said du Plessis.
The event was attended by school children from different primary schools in Paarl, who were taught batting, fielding and bowling skills and they also played cricket against each other to test their new skills.
Boland Cricket Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mr Omar Henry, also attended the event together with Mr Jeremy Fredericks of the Super Sports Let’s Play Programme, one of the keynote speakers at the event who gave acknowledgement to the existence of this project.