The excitement of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup engulfed Ukhanyo, as it did for many schools and academies in the Western Cape.
The ICC, KFC and Mark Khoabane of WPCA organised transport, a meal, tickets and T-shirts for 50 kids and coaches from Ukhanyo. It was a roaring success and girls now are coming to practice in numbers. That is such a marvellous step to drive gender equality and, in time, social cohesion.
Click the link to watch: Ukhanyo learners enjoying the T20 World Cup
The kids danced, sang and celebrated and 10 of them were chosen to walk onto the field and be National Anthem singers. What a time was had.
There were 28 girls and 22 boys who saw the close enthralling Australia vs India semi-final. Nicky Ntsendwana, our new teachers’ assistant, went to Newlands for the first time. She wrote in her letter of thanks: “The thrill of watching a live cricket match at Newlands was incredible. The cheering, the joy and the entire atmosphere and match experience had a different energy altogether.”
Teddy Nyali, Ukhanyo sports coordinator, said: “The best feeling ever is to see our learners so excited and forget about their background. They enjoyed it to its fullest. Thank you the ICC, KFC and WPCA’.
Ten coaches went to see the Proteas’ amazing victory over the strong England women’s team the next day. How they marvelled at the Proteas skills and courage. The school now has some new heroes.
There is no doubt that this will boost our girl’s cricket and take it to a new level. They can soon match the successes of the two under-13 Ukhanyo girls’ soccer teams.