MBDA hands over cricket equipment to schools, club

MBDA hands over cricket equipmentFoto:

MBDA hands over cricket equipmentFoto:

THE Mandela Bay Development Agency handed over cricket equipment worth R90 000 to four schools and the Helenvale Cricket Club on March 16.

This official handover of cricket equipment to beneficiaries in Helenvale forms part of the Safety and Peace through Urban Upgrading (SPUU) programme, which is funded by KFW Bank. The beneficiary schools are Gelvandale High School, Bayview Primary School, Helenvale Primary School and Hillcrest Primary School.

Bayview School principal, Tyrone Johannes, said, “This cricket equipment will introduce learners to a new sport and improve their capabilities and self-discipline.

“The MBDA has played an impeccable role in ensuring that we have what we need for the development of the Helenvale community.”

The cricket equipment for school level and adult size (under 25) included cricket bats, gloves, pads, boxes, thigh pads, arm pads, match balls, training balls, helmets, equipment bags, wickets and wicket-keeping kit.

Chairperson of the United Cricket Club, Larrigan Mc Asper, said, “The MBDA has been instrumental in looking beyond the history of Helenvale and investing in our future leaders.

“We appreciate the support and we will be starting a women’s cricket club soon.”

MBDA executive, Debbie Hendricks added, “We the MBDA, as part of the KfW SPUU, have a partnership with the local schools and the sports fraternity to enhance capacity building within the community.

“We are handing over this cricket equipment with the hope of making a difference. World class cricketers will only come out of Helenvale when we invest and support them.”

In September 2020, the MBDA handed over the R12 million Helenvale Sports Pavilion to the NMBM’s Sport, Recreation, Arts, and Culture directorate and the Helenvale community.