Cricket South Africa and Momentum have joined forces to launch a series of matches called the Friendship Matches to be played nationally.
These matches will involve a CSA Hub or Regional Performance Centre (RPC) playing against a traditional cricket school.
There will be three such contests over the next three weeks, with matches taking place in Port Elizabeth, Bloemfontein and Johannesburg.
“We are looking to build on this exciting concept and will pilot these matches this month before expanding to the rest of the country during next season,” said CSA General Manager: Cricket, Corrie van Zyl.
“The aim here is to improve the quality and increase the number of cricket matches played within previously disadvantaged areas. This will also create and nurture the love of the sport amongst the black communities; develop quality black African cricketers who will contribute positively towards the CSA pipeline and establish long lasting friendships between parents from both sides and in so doing contribute to nation building and social change,” added Van Zyl.
The first of these matches will take place this weekend (04 March) in Port Elizabeth, with Grey High School travelling to Gelvandale and playing at the Gelvandale Hub.
This will be followed by a match on 10 March when Grey College Bloemfontein host the Rocklands RPC and a week later the Friendship Match moves to Alexandra in Johannesburg with the Alexandra Hub the home team against St Stithians College.
All these matches will be played at the under 15 age group level.
Momentum are also excited by this initiative.
“Momentum is so proud to be a part of this initiative,” commented Danie van den Bergh, Momentum’s Head of Brand.
“The Friendship Games are a way to bring together young players in a friendly environment where sportsmanship and comradery take centre-stage. These are teams who would not usually have an opportunity to play against each-other, and it is a great shared experience and a way for new friendships to be forged. Our goal, along with CSA, is to obviously champion the love of cricket, but also to support, find and nurture talent as school’s level. Our super-stars of tomorrow could very well come from these hubs and schools,” concluded van den Bergh.
A fun atmosphere is expected at these matches with Momentum doing special activations.
Parents and families from the local community and the schools are encouraged to attend as Momentum and CSA see these Friendship Matches as a catalyst to create positive change in within communities.