November 15, 2010

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe cricket reaches out to township kids

Liam Brickhill
Schoolchildren celebrate a boundary during Zimbabwe's domestic Twenty20 competition, November 14, 2010
Children from some of Harare's poorest townships will be given transport and entrance to domestic Twenty20s, free of charge  © Zimbabwe Cricket
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The sight of stands full of school children during both domestic and international cricket matches is not new to Zimbabwe, but their presence could be even more notable as children from Highfields, Chitungwiza and Mabvuku townships will not only be allowed free entrance to all games during the Stanbic Bank Twenty20 tournament, but will also be provided with transport to get there.

“Some of these children are our most loyal fans and really look up to the Masakadza’s, Taibu’s and Coventry’s of this world,” said Zimbabwe Cricket spokesperson Shingai Rhuhwaya. “It would mean a lot to them to get the chance to see their heroes play alongside Brian Lara or Lance Klusener.

“We appreciate the difficulty that some children may face in getting to and from the venue to watch a game of cricket which is why we have availed our bus and hired others to ferry them to and from Harare Sports Club.”

Pick up points for children in Highfield will be from Chipembere High School, at the Central Junction in Chitungwiza and next to Mabvuku Spar in Mabvuku.

Liam Brickhill is a freelance journalist based in Cape Town

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