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Woolmer's dream of academy lives on

By unknown | Aug 01, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Alfred Moselakgomo

Alfred Moselakgomo

Bob Woolmer's dream of a cricket academy to develop promising youngsters in the rural areas of Mpumalanga lives on.

This is after Mbombela local municipality in Nelspruit decided to build the Bob Woolmer Cricket Academy, which the late coach had mooted before his controversial death.

Provincial 2010 coordinator Differ Mogale said yesterday that the construction of the proposed academy had been given the greenlight by the municipality.

The academy, which is expected to be built

in Nelspruit, would develop, train and nurture talented cricketers.

Mogale said before his death, Woolmer had spent much of his time planning and designing the academy.

"He worked closely with Jonty Rhodes, other cricketers and a number of local business people led by businessman Nick Elliot," said Mogale.

He said once completed, the academy would use professional and and other cricket experts to create an environment conducive to achieving and maintaining excellence.

"This will ensure that the youth benefit for many years. It will also create a cricket culture in the Lowveld," said Mogale.

Mogale said although the academy would be located in Mpumalanga, it would also serve the game globally by building relationships with similar academies, as Woolmer had intended.

"His ideas included the exchange of information and technology, inviting students from other academies to come to South Africa, arranging reciprocal visits for students, inter-academy tournaments and numerous other ways to popularise the sport," said Mogale.


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