The Eastern Cricket Union of which Vosloorus Cricket Club is part was one of the 16 cricket associations from all over the country that sat in a four-day mini cricket conference.
Isaac Phele, a Vosloorus Cricket Club mini-cricket coach, said the purpose of the seminar was to revive the spirit of cricket to the former cricket players, especially those who are still interested in taking part in cricket.
“During the seminar, it was said that those people must be encouraged to come back and take part in the sport or alternatively try to recruit new blood, those who will take over once the current cricket gurus retire from the sport,” said Phele.
The Eastern Cricket Union had eight members from different cricket clubs representing them: Isaac Phele (Vosloorus Cricket Club), Pride Skhoshana (KwaThema Cricket Club), Strike Mlangeni (KwaThema Cricket Club), Julius Maziya (provincial co-ordinator), Thabani Gumede (Springs Cricket Club), Caroline Maseko (Tsakane Cricket Club), Lerato Kwanele (Etwatwa Cricket Club) and Pheelo Phadima (Duduza Cricket Hub).
Julius Maziya, mini-cricket co-ordinator for the Eastern Cricket Union, said in addition to reviving the spirit of cricket to the former cricket players they also celebrate the achievements of the previous season.
“There is a lot that we had done last season from all the 16 associations, that is why we came together at Bonamanzi to celebrate. At the same time it was one of the ways the sponsors wanted to thank us as we are working hard and voluntarily in grooming young cricket players,” said Maziya.
Maziya said they are going to have meetings with the teachers who used to play cricket and try to find a way forward.
“We are going to visit schools and try to involve teachers in the sport because they are the ones who work closely with the children. So without their help, this vision won’t be a success.
“After visiting schools, we will have a provincial seminar on August 17 for all those teachers who show an interest in taking cricket to the next level,” Maziya said.
He added during the seminar they had a chance to interact with Graeme Smith (former Proteas captain) and they learned a lot from him.