Written by: Dave Macleod
Dolphins School of Excellence kicks off
Durban – The KwaZulu-Natal Cricket Union has launched its
ground-breaking Dolphins School of Excellence (DSE) programme, designed
to enhance collaboration between all youth cricket stakeholders as a
crucial step in creating a sustainable pipeline to the Hollywoodbets
Dolphins Men's and Women's teams for the future.
“The formal KZNCU structures continues to operate well under the
guidance of Cricket South Africa. The DSE will be an additional platform
that will add value to the formal pipeline through the support of our
incredible KZN community and partners.” CEO of KZN Cricket Heinrich
The DSE will aim to provide additional opportunities to ensure that the
culture of excellence known as the Dolphins Way is embedded throughout
the pipeline. It will cater for all players under the age of 18 who want
to take their game to the next level. The DSE aims to link the KZN
cricket ecosystem and therefore various opportunities will also be
extended to up-and-coming coaches, umpires, scorers, ground staff,
cricket administrators and private academies.
Players and officials will get the opportunity to be part of the
Dolphins brand, experience what is to play and train at the iconic
Hollywoodbets Kingsmead and get the opportunity to interact with the
current men and women representing KZN at the highest level.
There’s a lot more to the DSE for Strydom and KZN Cricket as they try to
combat the impacts of the pandemic and ensure that cricket remains a
priority across the eleven districts of KZN.
Registration is free of charge and will include some basic opportunities
without any costs involved. There are also various packages for players
to choose from as well as different ways for partners to get involved.
Strydom is particularly excited about the enhancement of the pipeline,
whilst levelling the playing fields for all that want to be part of the
"We have various partners that have already committed to purchasing
development packages that will be allocated to some of our most talented
RPC/Hub development players. These packages will enable these kids to
train, play and get to know their counterparts from the private schools
and academies, with the ultimate aim of creating friendships and a
passion for cricket."
The KZN Department of Sport and Recreation, the Hollywood Foundation,
Illovo Sugar Africa, Kookaburra, Coca-Cola Beverages, East Coast Radio,
the Cricket Company and TK Clothing have already committed to the
programme and hopefully will be joined by many more partners and
"We saw the Dolphins School of Excellence as a fantastic initiative to
get involved with because we haven't seen anything like it in
KwaZulu-Natal," Heinrich Koen from Illovo Sugar Africa said.
"It's a brilliant way for KZN Cricket to identify up and coming talent
and give those players the chance to learn from the best that province
has to offer."
"The Dolphins School of Excellence benefits everyone and will go a long
way in solidifying the pipeline of the next generation of professional
cricketers in KwaZulu-Natal and South Africa."
The first event of the DSE is a T20 Bash that will take place for Under
12 and Under 10 teams from 23 September till 25 September. The Under 12
event is already sold out, and only limited spots available for the
Under 10 event.
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In one of the first sessions
as part of the Dolphins School of Excellence, former Hollywoodbets KZN
Inland player Kushen Kishun (left) and SJ Erwee (right) coach some of
the new intake.
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