Streak academy takes cricket to the ghetto

Nhlalwenhle Ngwenya
IN a bid to ensure that cricket is embraced in all schools, celebrating its first anniversary and Africa Day, the Heath Streak Academy set in motion a sporting programme aimed at promoting sporting excellence under the theme a�?My Dream, My Vision cricket project.a�?

The academy is named after the Zimbabwean cricket legend Heath Streak.

The programmea��s success was flighted in a colourful event attended by the Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa and Minister of Sport, Arts and culture Andrew Langa in Bulawayo on Africa Day.

Vice-President Mnangagwa attested to the pivotal role the institution plays.

a�?I am really happy to see what the Heath streak foundation is doing here. They are playing a pivotal role in the development of sport. Having teams coming from other countries in the region is a great honour because it exposes our children to competition on an international level. The efforts of the academy are welcomed by the Government as they keep children occupied and restrained from going astray,a�? said Mnangagwa.

The chairman of the board of directors for the academy, Elifas Mashaba, reiterated the same sentiment.

a�?The Heath Streak Academy is here to break the elitist barrier, now children from all the suburbs will be aided with the capacity to partake in sports,a�? he said.

Speaking about the venture Heath Streak said it is everyonea��s project.

Joseph Rigo, the Chief Executive Officer had kind words for the corporate world a�� that has buoyed the growth of the multi-sports facility.

a�?I would like to thank the corporate world for sponsoring the event without them this was going to be difficult. Mostly I would like to thank Raj Modi for all the donations he has offered,a�? he said.

Cricket as a sport has been shunned because of the expenses that come hand in glove with it and lack of appropriate infrastructure.