In a bid to nationalize and popularize cricket in the country, Cricket Kenya has set up major plans to see the game spread the game in the grassroots. To begin with the association will from today conduct a five day cricket camp in Busia County.
The camp that will see both adult and youngsters introduced to the game that has for years been considered to be for thereach will be held at Nanderema Primary School in Samia District. Over 100 participants are expected to take part in the event.
The camp will begin with a two day introduction course to teachers. The course will later on be followed by a training camp for pupils from over ten primary schools from the area. The event will come to a close with mini cricket festival at the same venue.
In a statement, CK Development Manager David Odhiambo said CK is embarking on spreading the game across the countryand the Busia camp is just a beginning of what they are intending to do this year.
"This year we are going to see many areas of the country getting a chance to play cricket. We want to give many Kenyans achance to know how the game is played and at the same time making teachers become coaches. We intend to have morethan 20,000 new cricketers by the end of the year," Odhiambo said. Odhiambo added that CK will not only introduce thegame to them and leave it at that but will ensure that the teachers who will be trained a coaches coach the students and they will on their part organize more matches for them do a follow up.
"We want to get players that will get Kenya to where it was some years back and to do this we have give the places that willbe coming from thsee kind of camps a close eye.
We can't afford to spend a lot of money on this kind of activities and then don't have a followup," he said.
Last year, similar training camps were held in Kakamega and Mathioya.