SPORTS

Grassroots Development Way Forward For Cricket Fiji

“Most of the kids from different schools around the country don’t have the potential or access to play contact sports”
30 Mar 2020 13:46
Grassroots Development Way Forward For Cricket Fiji
Students from the Southern Zones during the Fiji Secondary Schools cricket launch at QueenVictoria School. Photo: Alex Konrote

Grassroots development is the way forward for Cricket Fiji.

After the launching of the Fiji Secondary Schools Cricket competition in Queen Victoria School the sport looks to expand throughout the country.

Speaking to SUNsports, Cricket Fiji general manager Alex Konrote said the participation of schools is a good sign.

“We have about 12 secondary schools that have come on board,” he said.

“There are about eight schools in the Southern Zone and four schools in the Western Zone so it’s a good start for cricket. It’s a good and promising sign for Cricket Fiji because we need to develop the sports from a very young age.

“Our aim is to develop and grow the game and to begin from an early age is a blessing and at the same time the transition of young players is easy moving up the ranks.

“The grass roots development will help these young players and the national coach so when they reach the national level they understand the basics of cricket. That will save time and effort.”

Konrote added not all students can play contact sports

“Most of the kids from different schools around the country don’t have the potential or access to play contact sports. After launching the competition we still have schools showing their interest to participate.

“So the parents themselves have taken the initiative to bring their children forward. We believe that the talent is here in Fiji so if we can excel in rugby there is no doubt we can do the same for cricket.

“All we need is proper coaching and guidance for these kids and they’ll be on their way to the top of cricket.”

Students from the Southern Zones during the Fiji Secondary Schools cricket launch at QueenVictoria School. Photo: Alex Konrote

Students from the Southern Zones during the Fiji Secondary Schools cricket launch at QueenVictoria School. Photo: Alex Konrote

Feedback: simione.haravanua@fijisun.com.fj

Fiji Sun Instagram
Fiji Plus
Subscribe-to-Newspaper