New Era (Windhoek)

13 June 2012

Namibia: Youth Cricket On the Roll With Momentum

Windhoek — Momentum will once again be the main sponsor of the Momentum Youth Cricket Festival for U-11, U-13, U-15 and U-19 cricket players in Windhoek starting this month, with the finals slated for August 2012.

Momentum is sponsoring the festival to the tune of N$67 000 and CEO Etienne Brits welcomed the sponsorship that started in 2011.

"Revolver Cricket, a new Australian initiative played for the first time in Africa, was introduced to the U-11's. Cricket Namibia was awarded the 'Best Junior Cricket Participation Initiative' award for Africa in 2011 by the Africa Cricket Association for specifically developing the U-11 cricket players.

"We know that this is made possible by creating more playing opportunities and exposure to game situations through tournaments like the Momentum Youth Cricket Festival - and we are therefore extremely proud to play a part in the success story which is Cricket Namibia."

Brits also advised that this year something special would once again make the festival a bit more exciting.

"The Momentum Youth Cricket Festival embraces a new concept that will be introduced involving four teams (one U-19, one U-15, one U-13 and an U-11 team) which will form a contingent competing as a unit throughout the festival. It will be presented in the format of a Mini World Cup, where the blue team will be representing India, the yellow team Australia, the red team England and the green team South Africa," Brits added.

Marsia Reed Development Manager of Cricket Namibia said they recognize that today's youth cricket players are the future senior players who will play in the next Cricket World Cup.

Said Reed: "We would therefore like to develop this talent to its fullest. We also know that most of our cricket players are lost to other activities at this age and urgent attention is required in creating sufficient opportunities to enhance their interest in the game.

"The development of cricket in Namibia has come a long way, which is clearly reflected in the number of players taking part in leagues and players from almost all the regions of Namibia representing Namibia at national level in South Africa and the rest of Africa.

"Cricket Namibia would like to thank Momentum for not only being committed, but also involved in and supporting the development of cricket in Namibia. Your sponsorship is highly valued and much appreciated."

A total of 44 matches will be played and the first matches begin on June 22, 2012. The festival will accommodate 168 cricket players during the second school semester of 2012.

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