The Botswana Cricket Association (BCA) recently expanded its year long development programme by introducing a second leg under the government primary school cricket initiation programme, whereby it added six more government schools to its list of sponsorships.
According to Girish Ramakrishna, the director of Grant Thornton and the mastermind behind the development programme and BCA treasurer, the idea of sponsorship is in line with the BCA’s mission to bring credible cricket to the nation.
“We, as the BCA, are very pleased to inform the public of a new venture in our development programme. We have added 6 government schools covering 345 children, which makes us now accountable for 33 government schools with 2145 kids immersed into cricket since its establishment in February 2007,” said Ramakrishna.
The six schools added to the cricket program are mostly from both the outskirts of Gaborone and from within.
The first school is Modipane Primary School from Oodi which has enrolled 25 kids into the programme and they have been assigned a coach chosen by the club.
The second school is Nkoyaphiri Primary School in Mogoditshane with 70 kids vouching to play cricket as a sport of choice.
The third school is Lisarami Primary School, also of Mogoditshane. The school has managed to enroll 60 kids into the programme.
The other schools are Tsogang Primary School of Broadhurst, Boikhutso Primary School, also of Broadhurst, and yet another Broadhurst primary school.
Tsogang Primary managed to enroll the highest number of students, a whopping 80 young cricketers, while Boikhutso produced 60 students with the other school giving 50.
The sponsorships kicks off on September 8th, which is also in the same week earmarked by the International Cricket Council as the African Cricket week, which will run from the 8th to the 14th of September.