Cricket festival keeps on going
For the love of the game
24 October 2020 | Sports
Johan Muller; CEO Cricket Namibia; “Opportunities for players to grow and develop, while enjoying this wonderful sport, are the main objectives…”
The annual Coastal Cricket Youth Festival sponsored by Walvis Bay Salt Refiners and hosted by Cricket Namibia, is being hosted for the 24th year.
This is also the seventh consecutive year the Walvis Bay Salt Group is involved in the Coastal Cricket Festival, which is now known as the Salt Refiners Youth Tournament.
The three-day tournament takes place from 23 to 25 October and is hosted at various fields in Walvis Bay.
This year will also see the new addition of a girls-only tournament, played at the same time in Swakopmund.
The competing age groups are under 13 and under 16 girls, as well as under 11 and under 13 boys. The schools that will be in action are Windhoek Gymnasium, Gobabis Gymnasium, Windhoek Afrikaanse Privaatskool, St. Paul’s College, Outjo Development, Walvis Bay Private High School, Pro-Ed Academy, Kuisebmond Secondary School, Walvis Bay Primary School, Namspire and !Nara Primary School.
The tournament has been a great platform for younger cricketers to excel and develop their potential with a number of the current National Eagles players playing.
Cricket Namibia CEO, Johan Muller said the organisation is pleased to reunite with the Walvis Bay Salt Refiners.
“The lockdown enforced a cancellation of the traditional tournament in August, so we are very excited to continue this partnership. Opportunities for players to grow and develop, while enjoying this wonderful sport, are the main objectives of both Cricket Namibia and Walvis Bay Salt Refiners.”
Muller thanked Andre Snyman, the MD of Salt Refiners, for his company’s contribution towards youth development.
Muller said that one of Cricket Namibia’s strategic focus points involves increasing the number of games for school-based players.
“The introduction of a Central Youth Tournament, the National APS sixes and now the reintroduction of the Walvis Bay Salt Tournament contributes significantly to this strategy. Tournaments like these play a major part in the development of a well-rounded child.”
Snyman expressed his trust that the coastal tournament will allow the children to play and enjoy the game.
“We are looking forward to an exciting festival of cricket and the establishment of lifelong friendships.”