Teaching staff will be registered with the South African Council of Educators SACE, whilst cricket coaches will be at least level 2 compliant coaches. The school’s core activity will be cricket development, players will be exposed to the best possible programmes, workshops and practice sessions. Added to this, players will be exposed to many, many games on weekdays and over weekdays, in all formats, 15 overs, 20 overs 35 overs, 50 overs and even 2 day cricket.
Players will be taken on many mini tours over weekends to Oustshoorn, Worcester, Paarl, longer tours to Port Elizabeth, East London, Durban, Bloemfontein, Johannesburg, Pretoria and Kimberley. There will also be an overseas tour in the South African winter. Whilst on tour, teachers will accompany the players, thereby ensuring that players are kept up to date with their schoolwork.
WPCA General Manager, Nabeal Dien said, "The new Newlands Cricket school, the initiative of forward thinking individuals and at the forefront is Shaheed Shaik who has successfully established 3 (three) private high schools around Cape Town. I have known Mr Shaik since the 1980’s when he was Paarl’s delegate to the Western Province Cricket Board.Shaheed is a person passionate about education and it seems more passionate about the game of cricket. He represented Boland as captain in the 1980’s and was instrumental in developing junior cricket in Paarl and subsequent to that has been integrally involved with junior cricket in the Western Province structure for more than a decade. His involvement was highlighted by the success of his Under 13 Western Province Cricket Club side who won the Provincial U13 Feedem Pitseng tournament for two years (2013 and 2014) and this after the Under 13 team failed to attain this honour for three consecutive years. It is my contention that given his vast experience and passion for education as well as cricket , this initiative will provide a natural fit for ensuring a successful cricket school.
Western Province Cricket Association and its Amateur Department are excited about this initiative and its implementation as we have always subscribed to these values of education, access and opportunity – Education through cricket."
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