North West Cricket and Senwes have reached a 12-year sponsorship milestone through the Senwes Spinners Farm School Cricket Development program. The Senwes Spinners Farm School Cricket Development program was initiated in 2006 and has grown from strength to strength to be a gem of rural cricket development in the North West Province and in our country.
The Senwes Spinners Farm School Cricket Development Program has touched over 1 378 players, 52 coaches and produced 5 provincial age group players namely; Neo Lichaba, Kgosi Senne, Faan Nel, Dean De Bruin and Modise Matlhaku, with the former representing NW U19 Provincial Age Group team at the CSA Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Cricket Week. Senwes has contributed greatly in the past 12 years as they have built a cricket pitch at Schoonspruit farm school, donated a bowling machine to Humansvlakte Laerskool, donated a flexi-mat to Rabana Primary School and have also provided academic bursaries to 5 learners.
The Senwes Spinners Farm School T20 tournament was held from the 3rd – 6th April 2018 in Potchefstroom, and a total of eight schools participated namely: Rabana Primary School, Nampo Agricultural Combined School, Mponeng Primary School, Tlhabologo Primary School, Pelonomi Primary School, Phakela Combined School, Manana Primary School and Dr. Sello Primary School.
According to group chief executive of Senwes, Mr. Francois Strydom; “Sustainability is one of the key factors in Corporate Social Responsibility and to Senwes, a critical criterion when considering participation in a project. When the Senwes Spinners Farm School Cricket Development started out in 2006 it was a project that raised concerns, as to whether it would be sustainable due to the vast geographical area it covers. As we are celebrating 12 years of the Senwes Spinners programme, I would sincerely like to thank everyone including the coaches, teachers, principals, parents, NWC staff and the learners for their contribution in making this programme a success”.
Being his first ever Senwes Spinners Farm School Cricket Development program, the CEO of NWC, Mr. Vincent Prior had the following to say: “North West Cricket is highly appreciative to have a partner such as Senwes, who have shown dedication and passion towards sustainable community development in the rural areas; more so, in the lives of children and teachers from the farming community of South Africa through the Senwes Spinners Farm Schools Cricket Development program.”
30 matches were scheduled for the tournament but only 20 matches could be played. Rain washed out 10 of the matches on Thursday, 5 April 2018, but it didn’t dampen the spirit of the players, school coaches and NWC Coaching Framework Coaches, as a coaching clinic was conducted at Senwes Park with the players and their coaches in the indoor nets and covered academy nets.
North West Cricket also took the eight team captains out for a captain’s dinner at Beef Boys so that they could interact with NW Dragons’ captain Kagiso “Jonty” Rapulana, Vice-Captain Brady Barends and Fast bowler Julian Soutter.
Beef Boys sponsored meals for the evening and North West Cricket is highly appreciative to one of the best Restaurant in Potchefstroom for the occasion. During the dinner, Rapulana, Barends and Soutter shared their stories of how they fell in love with the game of cricket from their FUN days of KFC Mini-Cricket, first hardball cricket match, playing at CSA National Provincial Age Group Weeks to making it to Semi-Pro and Professional Cricket. Most of all they advised the captains to put education first as a tool that can improve and change their background. Furthermore, the teams and management enjoyed the movie “Black Panther” at Mooirivier Ster-kinekor as part of team night out activities and everyone had a great time. NWC and Senwes are thankful to Ster-kinekor for their role in making the evening a success.