Tuesday, March 26, 2013


Not so long ago, a young boy by the name of Morne was enthusiastically playing Mini-Cricket with his school mates, enjoying the active environment it provided and dreaming of one day playing for his country. Fast forward to present day and that boy has now grown into a world famous international cricketer, a world famous international cricketer that just shared his expertise and experience with a current generation of young hopefuls at Crawford Preparatory School in Lonehill, Gauteng.

Morne Morkel is one of the current Proteas heroes actively involved in the KFC Mini-Cricket programme. In a competition aired on SuperSport during last year’s IPL tournament, viewers could enter to win a coaching session with a Proteas player at a local school, and De Wet Van der Walt was one of the six winners.

As a big cricketing fan and an amateur player, De Wet has always wanted to meet a Proteas player, so he tried his luck in the competition. But as someone who had played Mini-Cricket growing up, he had another plan to make the most of this great prize. “I have 2 nephews in Crawford Preparatory School, Lonehill,  so I opted to nominate them for the prize as they have such great facilities there”, said De Wet who is no doubt now a serious contender for uncle of the year with his nephews.

“Both Michael and Daemon were very excited and couldn’t wait to meet Morne. Michael in particular couldn’t believe it and kept asking when he was coming!” added De Wet when asked about his nephews’ reaction to the news.

With over 100 000 kids involved in KFC Mini-Cricket around the country, special coaching sessions such as these with cricketing heroes of today go a long way in creating the heroes of tomorrow. Something that KFC takes great pride in as they focus on an active lifestyle for South Africa’s kids.

The select group of youngsters from Crawford got to participate in a 50 minute session made up of four cricket stations, with Morne coaching from one of them. After that the Proteas fast bowler shared a few inspirational words with the kids, who each got to spend some time with the star player.

“Having been involved in Mini-Cricket growing up, it’s great to be able to come back to schools with KFC Mini-Cricket and get active with the kids on days like these. There always seems to be a healthy amount of talent on show which is always so encouraging,” said Morne about his experience on the day.

The next KFC Mini-Cricket coaching session will involve the hugely popular Hashim Amla, with the winner of that unique experience being named in the upcoming weeks.


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