CRICKET SOUTH AFRICA (CSA), last week, hosted a workshop discussing the progress of its highly successful Hubs and Regional Performance Centres (RPC) program. The two-day workshop brought together all the coaches from the 58 Hubs and RPC’s to discuss that success, the challenges encountered along the way and to highlight areas that needed urgent attention going forward. The Hubs and RPCs have been instrumental in transforming the cricket landscape and changing lives by bringing through young talent from townships and rural areas, with many youngsters from those programmes cracking junior provincial sides or getting bursaries at so-called traditional cricket schools over the last three years.
In the past 12 months, the Hubs and RPC’s have had 138 players progress into junior provincial teams, a 15 player per season increase on average. One of the key speakers was former Titans wicketkeeper and New Zealand international Kruger van Wyk, who is now head coach of the successful University of Pretoria cricket programme, which has produced Titans players Lungi Ngidi, now a Proteas T20 player, and former SA Under-19 captain Aiden Markram, amongst others.