Gweru Cricket Club has taken the initiative to nurture young talent through a holiday academy aimed at developing cricket from the grassroots.
This venture has been sought by cricket enthusiast Joshua Mawire and Adrian Kasuka to breathe life in the province since the sport was increasingly growing unpopular.
Mawire said the thrust of this holiday academy initiative is to produce high breed standards which will become international cricketers.
“Our vision is to build up the player base for the Midlands provincial team, Zimbabwe’s national team and even go beyond. We are determined in producing high standards in our cricket industry,” he said.
He added that, the stain which the game carried as a white men’s game needs to be removed.
“We want to eradicate the mentality that cricket is a sport for white people or for the rich. For years this game was mostly played by the rich and the whites, an impression that only cluster in society can play that game, which is wrong,” he said.
Mawire said the academy was projected to run during school holidays but they will also work with cricketers during weekends when school opens.
“We had scheduled the program to run from 6 August to 1 September but this time around we want to continue even when schools reopen during weekends.
“The club has adopted the grassroots concept to promote networking, team work, physical fitness, brain development while preparing for future tournaments such as the one to be held in Victoria Falls,” he added.
The club is also calling for willing sponsors to help upgrade their training facilities and equipment.
“We hope to find sponsors to improve our equipment and facilities in order for cricketers to fully benefit from our efforts” Kasuka said.
Mawanei who is the Gweru Cricket Club captain once played for the Provincial under 19 team (Mid-West Rhinos) and the National League while Kasuka, a member of Midlands Cricket Club coaches at several schools including Cecil John Rhode (CJR) and Midlands Christian College (MCC).