Gary Kirsten Foundation teams up with ITL to support the South African Youth
The vision of the Gary Kirsten Foundation is to create and maintain cricketing ecosystems in township areas, where a lack of quality infrastructure and coaching is limiting young players potential to develop.
Since 2014, the GK Foundation has supplied five Khayelitsha schools with newly constructed artificial cricket nets, complete kit bags with cricket equipment and a team of full-time cricket coaches, under the guidance of Gary Kirsten Cricket.
Local Khayelitsha coaches have been trained and employed by the Foundation. These coaches commit daily to township cricket development. The Foundation is rewarding them and their players with the opportunity to go to the 2019 Cricket World Cup in England. A full squad (13 players) of U/13 Players from GK Foundation in Khayelitsha as well as 3 coaches, including Gary Kirsten, will travel to England in June 2019. The tour will include attending three Protea games and meeting their heroes in person.
Chris Currie, COO of the ITL Group stated “ITL is pleased to have been given the opportunity to support the Gary Kirsten Foundation; as we recognise the real difference Gary and his team have made to the many children and to the community in Khayelitsha. Gary is an exceptional individual and leader, who is adding value in our country in a completely selfless way. He deserves our support in enabling these talented young players and their coaches the opportunity to achieve and build on the hope and pride in their communities. We wish them well with their tour against the selected UK schools and the opportunity to interact with and watch our Protea team in action at the Cricket World Cup.”