Monday, March 4, 2013


As part of the KFC Mini-Cricket campaign to get children across South Africa living active lifestyles, Vernon Philander held an exclusive KFC Mini-Cricket coaching session with youngsters from Raisethorpe secondary 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. Shrikaar Singh from Pietermaritzburg was one of six winners that came up trumps as the recipient for the coaching session prize.


Young Shrikaar now attends Raisethorpe secondary school; he won the prize whilst attending Allendale primary school, where he got active through playing KFC Mini-Cricket. Now Shrikaar will get a chance to reunite with his former KFC Mini-Cricket teams mates and enjoy this great day of active fun and learning with one of their Protea heroes.


“Because of my love for the sport, when I saw the competition advert, I thought to myself that would be a great experience and I would love to be part of it. I knew we could learn a lot from being coached by a professional and international star.” said Shrikaar on entering the competition.


In its third year of sponsorship, KFC involves over 100 000 young boys and girls in KFC Mini-Cricket from schools around the country. Being a talented young batsman, Shrikaar’s favourite player is Hashim Amla, but he was just as excited to find out that Vernon Philander was coming to his school.


Vernon 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. Vernon 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 Shrikaar, who had this to say; “We all dream of becoming professional cricketers one day, so being able to meet and learn from one like we did today was so special. Vernon was really great and has made me a lot more focused on the game going forward, and what is needed to keep improving as a cricketer.”


As an associate sponsor of the Ram Slam T20 Challenge, 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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