Monday, March 4, 2013


As part of the KFC Mini-Cricket campaign to get children across South Africa living active lifestyles, JP Duminy held an exclusive KFC Mini-Cricket coaching session with youngsters from Aloe Ridge Primary school yesterday.
During the IPL competition in 2012, SuperSport presented a KFC Mini-Cricket competition whereby you could win one of these once in a lifetime coaching sessions. Monica Pillay from Springs in Gauteng was one of six winners that came up trumps and nominated her young cousin, Tiara Maistry, as the recipient for the prize.
Young Tiara attends Aloe Ridge Primary, and she, and nineteen of her peers got to enjoy this great day of active fun and learning with one of their Protea heroes.
“To be honest I was just trying my luck. I never win anything through competitions and this came as a huge surprise. I couldn’t believe it when SuperSport phoned me.”, said Monica, on winning the competition.
Monica, who lists cricket as her favourite sport, is a huge fan of the Delhi Daredevils and had no doubt in what she wanted to do with her prize. “I love my little cousin and I thought this would be a good thing to do for her and her school.”
In its third year of sponsorship, KFC involves over 100 000 young boys and girls in KFC Mini-Cricket from schools around the country. Monica admits that 11 year old Tiara’s first love is football, but after the session with JP Duminy, who is interestingly her favourite player, she hoped her cousin’s desire to play the sport more will grow.
JP coached the kids throughout the day while sharing inspirational words with the group. Each player had a chance to chat to him and had their bats signed. After having to sadly sit out of all the Proteas Test action since injuring himself in the first Test in Australia at the end of last year, JP was happy to coach the kids and share some interesting cricketing insights and expertise
This event will no doubt leave a lasting impression on young Tiara, who had this to say; “It was great to meet JP and have a fun day of cricket with him. I’m really looking forward to more fun days like this with KFC Mini-Cricket in future.”
The next coaching clinic will take place in Pietermaritzburg on the 27 February, at Raisethorpe Secondary School  and the coach will be Vernon Philander.
As an official sponsor of KFC International T20 cricket in South Africa, and an associate sponsor of the domestic T20 competition, KFC is not just involved in promoting an active lifestyle through KFC Mini-Cricket, but also through including boys and girls within the programme in the international and domestic matches.
From the more than 100 000 kids ranging from over 4 500 schools, chosen KFC Mini-Cricket ambassadors get the chance to be involved in the matches as player escorts, ball boys and girls and by participating in the match coin tosses.


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