What is the initiative about?
Implemented by Cricket Namibia, Kwata Cricket gives all young children girls and boys, the opportunity to be exposed to the game of cricket and be coached on healthy lifestyles in a fun and safe environment. Specifically developed for young children Kwata Cricket encompasses a fast, simplified version of cricket which includes activities and games informing and encouraging participants on making healthy lifestyle choices.
Kwata Cricket utilizes softballs and only basic cricket equipment. It can easily be played on any reasonable level surface, no formal field is needed. Hence Kwata Cricket can easily be introduced into any community. Young cricket coaches work in collaboration with local schools and teachers in teaching Kwata cricket.
What do we want to see?
Kwata Cricket aims to lay the foundation for a lifelong interest in cricket as well as imparting the many life skills and principles embedded in the sport. These life skills and principles include respect, discipline, teamwork, self-esteem and decision making skills which all contribute to childhood development.
In addition the programme offers Kwata
Cricket and healthy lifestyles activities training to interested teachers and
community members to build capacity and focus on the sustainability of the
Kwata Cricket Initiative is being
implemented in the Khomas region, and is being introduced to young boys and
girls, aged between 9 and 12. tGames of Kwata Cricket are regular features in physical education
classes in selected schools. Many of the targeted schools are located within
poorer communities. Around 3000 children take part in Kwata Cricket activities
on a weekly basis.
Cricket Namibia was honoured for its developmental efforts winning this year’s top prize of Best Overall Cricket Development Programme at the 2009 International Cricket Council (ICC) Development Programme Annual Awards. It also received two more awards; Best Spirit of Cricket Initiative and the Volunteer of the Year.