Action cricket fever hits the coast

Bats and balls

06 May 2019 | Sports

Gerrie Snyman; Get Seen Sports Group; “Playing indoor sports allows you to play regularly without worrying about the weather conditions.”

Swakopmund - Otis Finck

A local businessman, Dougie Prins, handed over a set of sport jerseys to the Harde Hout action cricket team from Swakopmund last week.

Prins, who also sponsors U/11 cricket development at Pro-Ed Academy, announced a three-year sponsorship deal on the occasion.

“Action cricket is a newly established exciting team game at the coast. It combines fun, fitness and competition, while its simplicity allows people of all ages to play. The sport also helps with improving the skills and overall performances of athletes.”

He challenged other businesses to come on board and sponsor the rest of the four teams in Swakopmund.

The rules of the game stipulate there should be seven registered teams to constitute a league. Once established the action cricket leagues are expected to run over a period of eight weeks with games to be played on Monday through Friday.

The organisers are looking to set up a youth league and adult league, starting with a men’s only, and hopefully being able to progress to mixed and eventually women’s only leagues.

“Business owners must take the initiative and invest in sport opportunities in our town. The community should also play their part when it comes to ensuring proper foundations are laid for our future sport stars in particular,” said Prins.

The owner of the Get Seen Sports Group, Gerrie Snyman, started the first for Namibia Professional Indoor Cricket Academy located at the Coastal Action Sports Arena in Swakopmund.

The venue caters for all action sports. Get Seen Sports wants to offer a multi-purpose space that caters for sporting events, corporate events, non-profit events, birthday parties, functions, and much more.

According to Snyman the interest in action cricket has been immense within the coastal community and he hopes more people will join in on the fun.

“Action cricket is a fast paced, exciting game played by six or eight players per side. Each game lasts approximately one hour and is pure action from start to finish. We will have leagues to suit all types of players, from beginner to advanced level,” he explained.

He added that action cricket is great for team building, with many companies and organisations taking part in the sport.

With the weather being so unpredictable at the coast this is also an ideal way of enjoying sport without any limitations.

“Exercise after a stressful day at the office also has immense benefits. Playing indoor sports allows you to play regularly without worrying about the weather conditions.”

The courts in indoor sports facilities are smooth and maintained, ensuring the safety of players. Spectator facilities are also excellent, allowing friends and family to watch and enjoy watching from up close.

“Running an indoor sport facility requires funds and without the help from sponsorships we risk losing a top quality facility. Companies are welcome to sponsor teams and get their brand seen. We also welcome prizes for our tournament winners.”

With his vast international experience, Snyman is looking forward to promote the sport of cricket at the coast and to convey his knowledge of the game to students.

“I already have 15 active members signed up with the academy within the first month of operation ranging from 8 years old to senior national women players. I also present skills development to a netball squad of 22 girls once a week.”

Snyman played for Namibia from 2001 to 2017, and competed in the 2003 World Cup against teams like Australia, England, Pakistan, India and Holland.

In a game against the United Arab Emirates, he hit a world record 17 sixes in a single limited overs innings, culminating in a final score of 196 from 113 balls. It is one of two world records under his belt.

“I now wish to convey my knowledge of the game to new and upcoming cricket players of all ages through the academy I opened.”

Snyman can be contacted on 081 356 5773 or via email at [email protected]