Outjo celebrated the African child’s day in style with the successful Fun Day which was in a format of a Mini cricket tournament where kids came together at the Etoshapoort Stadium to play against each other. The successful event attracted over 130 kids from all primary schools all over Outjo and kids from ages as young as 8 years attended this tournament. The coaching was conducted by the Development Officer for Outjo Wilhelm Tuhafeni together with the assistance of the senior cricket players who have moved on to hard ball, the Fun day was aimed at promoting the sport of cricket amongst the young children and teaching them the basic aspects of cricket such as Bowling, Batting and fielding. Furthermore, the coaching aims at promoting a healthy lifestyle within the children and also installing discipline and commitment in young children.
This is the seventh time a Fun day is hosted in Outjo and over the past few months these types of occasions tend to attract the children in huge numbers, which helps and shows that we are doing and reaching the right target market in the community. Outjo is grateful for the enormous and continuous contributions made by Erongo Foods Products which is one of the many companies that have committed themselves towards the development of cricket by always making sure that the kids are energised by providing refreshments for the kids.
These events doesn’t only teach cricket or bring together kids from various schools and ethnic backgrounds but they develop skills of the sport and observes talents within the young children to point out the potential stars of tomorrow, our future cricket players.
Through the same kind of programs, Outjo has developed teams which are now playing hardball cricket in the respective age groups u/11 and u/13 and these players have already attended National Trails and few got selected for national development teams. All these kids are from State-run or public schools and come from disadvantaged families however at Cricket Namibia all players get equal playing opportunities just like others.