The history of various clubs, which participated in the leagues in the Namibia Cricket season, is of real interest and importance. Some of the older clubs, which originated during and immediately after World War I still exist and have a proud history. Namibia became the 19th Associate Member of the ICC in 1992.
It participated in all ICC Associate Trophies, and was runners up to the Netherlands in the ICC Trophy that was played in Canada to qualify for the 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup.
Namibia was runners up to Ireland in the 2008-09 Intercontinental Cup. It has participated for many seasons in the Cricket South Africa provincial competitions and has proved very competitive against some of the top sides.
Its disappointing eighth-place finish in the 2009 ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier meant it was relegated to 2010 Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division Two and the 2009-10 ICC Intercontinental Shield. Due to winning the ICC Intercontinental Shield finals Namibia were re-instated to the ICC Intercontinental Cup for the 2011-2013 season.
Youth Cricket has grown tremendously over the last few years and now has age-group teams that have participated in the ICC-ACA tournaments with great distinction. The development programme has been very successful and more local Namibians are being attracted to the game. Cricket continues to grow and is now recognized as one of the most successful sporting codes in Namibia. It has a proud record of achievements since independence and the challenge remains to involve and attract even more Namibians to participate.
On Saturday, 1 October 2011 Cricket Namibia in partnership with UNICEF and MTC presented and released the all Namibian and first ever Kwata Cricket Coaching Guide at Wanderers Sport Field at the same time that Namibia and Scotland were playing two international 20 over cricket matches. The Kwata Cricket project was launched in April 2009 and since then thousands of children in Namibia has received cricket coaching as well as healthy lifestyle education on a weekly basis. Government schools, with limited sport involvement and exposure to different sport codes, are targeted with huge success.
An important aspect of the project is empowering teachers to become coaches and role models for the participating children, aged between 9 and 15 years. Several coaching courses has been held in Windhoek and recently also Keetmanshoop, Karibib, Usakos and Walvis Bay training more than 100 teachers, each receiving the Kwata Cricket Coaching Guide compiled by Cricket Namibia and printed by UNICEF.
This guide is spread, free of charge, to all persons attending a Kwata Cricket coaching course.
The Kwata Cricket Coaching guide consists of 3 sections, with the first being a complete coaching guide, with clear and colour photo’s explaining in detail all the aspects of the game cricket in a relatively uncomplicated manner and easy terms. The second section describes and explains healthy lifestyle games that can be presented to children of all ages in a fun way. Healthy Lifestyle games were developed by UNICF to teach and educate children through games to make informed lifestyle choices. Subject covered are for example the influence of drugs and alcohol, peer pressure, sugar daddies, leadership, teamwork, etc. The third section consists of complete cricket lessons that include a warm-up, main activity and game and can be presented by a teacher during coaching sessions. The idea behind these lessons is to enable a newly trained coach to present cricket coaching with confidence. Cricket Namibia has already distributed several copies of the guide and on request presents Kwata Cricket Coaching Courses to groups of at least 12 teachers, parents or interested parties. Attendees completing the course each receive a certificate and the Kwata Cricket Coaching Guide. Coaches are then challenged to coach a team for a season before recognized as a Kwata Cricket Coach. The KwataCricket Project is coordinated by the capable and newly appointed Cricket Coordinator of Cricket Namibia, Jona Ambuga.
As a result of the Kwata Cricket project in Windhoek the past two years, the Khomas Kwata Cricket League starts on Thursday, 6 October. Fourteen teams have entered the league being coached by teachers that all attended the Kwata Cricket Coaching Courses.
Schools participating are People’s Primary, Moses van der Byl, Gammams Primary, Khomasdal Primary, Van Rhyn, Emma Hoogenhout, Pionierspark Primary, Eros Primary, Suiderhof Primary and MH Greeff Primary School.
Two brothers, Shaloko and Zhivago Groenewald, who were part of the programme in 2003, have since been selected to represent Namibia at the U15 national level. The central region has ongoing mini-cricket virtually every weekend and all home games for the national cricket team have mini cricket festivals during lunch breaks.
This brings a minimum of 200 children to these matches, which makes the MTC grass roots more visible. The Namibia national cricket team assists with the programme wherever possible and a favorite activity among the children has been to line-up at national team matches and cheer the players on and off the field.
Cricket Namibia has an active school league programme in the Central and Eastern regions. This takes place at the U13 and U15 level with eight schools competing against each other. Cricket Namibia age group teams participated in the Cricket South Africa tournaments during December 2008. The teams that participated were the U11, U13, U15, U17 and U19 levels.
Working with Cricket South Africa
Cricket Namibia has a strong association with Cricket South Africa, which helps meet its commitment to develop cricket in Africa by allowing Namibia to participate in the amateur South African Airways three-day and one-day provincial tournament. This allows Cricket Namibia to develop players at a far higher level than it would have the opportunity to do so.