Friday, August 14, 2015
The biggest cricket tour of the summer is here
This summer schools from all over South Africa are preparing to pit their KFC Mini-Cricket teams against the best the country has to offer in the action packed third installment of the KFC Mini-Cricket Kids vs Proteas Tour. Running from Friday, 14 August 2015, to Tuesday, 18 February 2016, the tour is 137 days longer than the Proteas’ September tour to India. The four part KFC Mini-Cricket Kids vs Proteas Tour is billed as the longest tour in the cricketing calendar.
Mike Middleton, Chief Marketing Officer for KFC South Africa comments, “KFC is once again thrilled to be bringing the KFC Kids vs Proteas Tour to schools and kids across South Africa, and this year the tour promises to be bigger and better than ever before. We are proud supporters of cricket in South Africa and are committed to giving all kids the opportunity get active and closer to their cricketing heroes, the Proteas.”
The action packed 2015/2016 tour will see four lucky winning schools have home ground advantage, as they host and take on the Proteas at their school.
KFC has also confirmed the signing of legendary cricketing heroes Graeme Smith, Neil McKenzie and Mfuneko Ngam to coach the kids. The KFC Mini-Cricket coaches will be hosting training sessions at each of the winning schools to ensure their games are in tip top shape for their match-up against the Proteas.
KFC Mini-Cricket coach and former Proteas Captain Graeme Smith knows all about the intensity experienced when preparing for a tour of this magnitude. Smith comments, “The pressure is on and KFC Mini-Cricket kids all over the country are hard at work in their preparations to take on the Proteas. This is a rivalry which goes back three years and I know neither side will want to be on the losing end of the tour come February next year. The Proteas are one of the top limited overs sides in the world but I am confident we will be ready for them come game 1.”
With both the KFC Mini-Cricket kids and the Proteas going into this years’ tour with a series win in hand, both teams will be looking to assert themselves right from the first ball.
Proteas T20 Captain, Faf du Plessis says, “This tour is without a doubt one of the highlights of our cricketing calendar. The KFC Mini-Cricket kids are well known for their sharp skills and quick feet, and we are anticipating a real test of skill and are looking to try and get an early lead in the series.”
Smith continues, “It is going to be a long tour, but we are up for the challenge and determined to bring the game to the Proteas. I have full confidence in my KFC Mini-Cricket kids and I know that they are going to bring their A-games this summer.”
“We at KFC wish all KFC Mini-Cricketers the best of luck in their bid to win a chance to take on the Proteas in the KFC Mini-Cricket Kids v Proteas Tour,” concludes Middleton.
Give your school the chance to host and take on the Proteas. Dial *120*7535# or visit www.kfcminicricket.co.za now to enter.
About the KFC Mini-Cricket Kids v Proteas Tour
For the third year KFC will run a national competition where KFC Mini-Cricket kids will stand the chance to play against the Proteas in the KFC Mini-Cricket Kids vs Proteas Tour
Kids can enter online (www.kfcminicricket.co.za) or via USSD (*120*7535#)
The winners will be rewarded with a prize handover, a training session and a game against the Proteas, all assisted by one of the three KFC Mini-Cricket coaches, Graeme Smith, Neil McKenzie and Mfuneko Ngam.
The runners-up will be given the opportunity to participate as ball boys and girls at a televised Ram Slam T20 Challenge match in their area
Three third place winners will be drawn, each of whom will be awarded with 25 KFC Mini-Cricket sets for their school.
About KFC Mini-Cricket
KFC Mini-Cricket provides a platform for kids in South Africa to have fun and get active
KFC Mini-Cricket is the largest grassroots development sports programme in South Africa and is also an essential building block for learning cricketing basics and entrenching a love for the game.
There are currently over 110 000 kids from over 4 900 schools active in the KFC Mini-Cricket programme who are coached by over 8000 volunteers
KFC has sponsored KFC Mini-Cricket since 2010 and in the 2012/13 cricket season KFC became the title sponsor of the KFC T20 Internationals and an associate sponsor of the Ram Slam T20 Challenge.
KFC has recently renewed its Mini-Cricket sponsorship for a further 10 years, taking the partnership through to 2025
Log on to www.kfcminicricket.co.za or contact CSA at (011) 880 2810 for more info on KFC Mini-Cricket