Having played in the previous version of KFC Mini-Cricket as a child, I have always been a massive fan of the concept of getting kids active. I am also a big fan of any opportunity for kids getting the chance to meet their heroes and potentially inspire the future AB de Villiers and Kagiso Rabada to reach their dreams.
KFC in their sponsorship of Mini-Cricket have been fantastic as they have created the KFC kids vs. Proteas series, which is simply sensational, and also have created opportunity for various schools to serve as the ball boys at either the local RAM Slam or the International T20 Series.
In the recent series against Australia it was the opportunity for Woodridge Primary School as well as Mohamed Ebrahim Islamic School and Cascades Primary School. Imagine the pride that the kids from Mohamed Ebrahim Islamic School must have had as they had the opportunity to line up in front of Hashim Amla, Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada and the rest of the Proteas team ahead of the first T20.
It wasn’t just the men’s cricket that benefited from the KFC Mini-Cricket kids, but also the ladies, who completed an outstanding series victory against West Indies, who had kids serving in their games. Dane van Niekerk and Mignon du Preez received outstanding accompaniment onto the field, while the team were accompanied by the kids in belting out our national anthem with immense pride ahead of the series decider in Cape Town.
And the kids of South African cricket will have more to look forward to as KFC have renewed their T20 International sponsorship for another four years seeing the partnership moving forward until 2020. We would like to salute the team at KFC for getting kids active.