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Foundation bats for kids
A LIFE cut short has provided the opportunity for others to improve their lives.
The Maurits van Nierop (MVN) Foundation launched the Ryan Maron Cricket School of Excellence (RMCSE) at Rondebosch Boys High School last week. Fifteen children and three coaches from Khayelitsha had the opportunity to attend the clinic, which was aimed at developing cricket among youngsters.
Van Nierop, a gifted player who was a member of the Dutch national cricket team, died in an accident in Cape Town in September 2008.
The foundation was launched in his memory. The foundation believes that every child has the right to play sport. This right is enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. It believes sport is an important part of children’s development – they gain more confidence, meet other children, exercise more, learn how to handle rules and discipline and have to deal with winning and losing.
Since many children do not have the opportunity to play sport due to a lack of facilities and money, the foundation wants to pay special attention to the children of Khayelitsha. Apart from using Norma Road Primary School and RMCSE, they are hoping to attract various other projects.
Ryan Maron, the co-founder of MVN, says Maurits’ legacy needs to endure.
“We are doing it in memory of him to keep his name and legacy strong,” he says.
Maron has become a modern pioneer in developing cricket among youths. He was inspired by the late Stuart Leary who set youngsters on the path to cricket excellence.
Bulelani Libazi, a RMCSE development officer, says: “I’m happy that funds are being raised for the kids so that they too can get a fair opportunity. “I would one day love to be more involved with the cricket school and help with the development of cricket schools in the townships.”
Sipho Kalako and Sisonke Mazele, who attended the clinics, say they love playing cricket and hope to represent South Africa one day. “I would like to play for South Africa one day, like my favourite cricketer, Herschelle Gibbs,” says Kalako.
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