For many years, the Chatsworth Cricket Club was regarded as one of the premier cricket clubs in the local region.
The club has experienced challenges during recent years but still remains one of the largest clubs in KZN.
They have a total of 12 teams with the first men’s team being involved in the promotion league and the girls team which has an average age of 14 being involved in the ladies league. They have a further five men’s teams which play in various divisions and the youth teams also consist of five teams. One of the clubs main strategies is to focus on its five youth teams. This season, United has two U11 sides, two U13 sides and an U15 team which are all affiliated to the Durban and District Cricket Unions.
Currently, the U11 and U13 players are drawn from the local Chatsworth Primary Schools. The 56-year-old club does not charge subscription fees and coaching is free. Equipment and limited free transport is also provided by the club. Secretary of the club, Rajesh Ishwar said that the club has an open working relationship with local school principals to recruit interested players from their schools.
United’s stalwart, Rodgers Soobramoney and Kwa-Zulu Natal Cricket Union were impressed with the initiative and sponsored cricket equipment to their youth development. Five volunteer cricket coaches from the Chatsworth area were engaged to manage and coach the youngsters.
Ishwar said, “The partnership with the schools are bearing fruits and together with our other youth players, bring joy and fulfilment to our volunteer coaches, as they provided immense satisfaction after the coaching sessions.
Our strategies not only focus on our players but also on our coaches. The club found if the coaches enjoy the coaching session, they will impact more and they will grow to higher levels in their coaching career.”
Coaching sessions are two hours long and take place every Saturday morning.
These sessions include education on the basic laws of cricket as set out by Marylebone Cricket Club. During the off-season, the club will be providing cricket education on the following to parents and players, Cricket dress and protective gear, field placing, cricket scoring, cricket technology, all cricket dimension (size, weight and measurement), the spirit of cricket, nine ways to be given out, the 42 laws of cricket and the role of the captain. The club aims to embody the motto: “Know the game, enjoy the game and be part of the game’’.
For further information, contact Ragni (ladies) on firstname.lastname@example.org, Rajesh (youth) on email@example.com or Mike on firstname.lastname@example.org.