The Mzansi Super League Future Stars Store, an initiative created to benefit deserving young cricketers through the donation of cricket kit, visited the Langa Cricket Club this weekend.
The Initiative, which formed a part of the inaugural Mzansi Super League, called on cricket fans to bring any unused cricket equipment to tournament host stadiums to be donated to this worthy cause. Ahead of the tournament final, deserving young cricketers were invited to the Cricket South Africa (Cricket SA) Langa hub to be the recipients of the kit donated by South African cricket fans.
Cricket SA Chief Executive Officer, Thabang Moroesaid, “The inaugural Mzansi Super League was an immense success. We are immensely proud of this unique South African product we have created for the country. On the field the tournament thrilled and entertained and off of it we were able to use it to benefit deserving young cricketers who aspire to follow in the footsteps of the Mzansi Super League stars. I would like to thank the fans who donated their cricket equipment, it will certainly go a long way to inspire the creation of future Mzansi Super League stars.”
On the day, the kit was delivered to the Langa hub in a pop-up shop installation, giving underprivileged cricketers from around the Western Cape the chance to select gear and be fitted and inspired by Cape Town Blitz players, Anrich Nortje and Malusi Siboto (who grew up in Langa).
“The Mzansi Super League has without a doubt created future cricketing stars this season. It has done so by giving young guys, previously only a part of the provincial franchises, a chance to shine on a truly national and international stage for the first time. It has also, through the Future Stars Store, inspired an up and coming group of young cricketers and given them the means to follow their dreams. It was a privilege to return to Langa and I look forward to following the careers of the young cricketers I met there,” added Siboto.
Throughout the tournament, fans were encouraged to donate cricket equipment through an amnesty set-up which saw the Future Stars pop-up store visit all six stadiums. Fans visiting the store could swap their donations for a limited-edition team supporters’ shirt. From bats, to pads, helmets, balls, boots and shirts, the set-up saw fans donating gear in their numbers.
David Mokopanele, Cricket SA Mass Participation Manager, concluded, “We are very grateful to the fans for the donation of this kit. Cricket is a very expensive sport; this donation will thus be a small step towards giving cricketers who may not have had the opportunity, a leg up in achieving their dreams. We have a vast talent pool of young cricketers who are a part of Cricket South Africa’s community hubs and RPC programmes, I would thus love to see this great initiative repeated next year for the benefit of more and more young cricketers.”
For more on the Mzansi Super League and the CSI social video clips and images go to the tournament website: www.mslt20.co.za