CSA plans excellence centre

2013-04-15 16:02
Cricket SA (File)
Cape Town - Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Monday unveiled exciting new plans to build a Centre of Cricketing Excellence at the current High Performance Centre (HPC) at the University of Pretoria’s Sports Complex.

Known as the CSA Centre of Excellence, this R30m project was recently given the go ahead and approval by the newly formed CSA Board of Directors.

The project is a joint undertaking between CSA and the university who have made the land available free of charge on a long-term basis and will also be used by the university’s own cricket club. In terms of the agreement the Centre of Excellence will also enjoy the use of the university’s main cricket oval.

“The CSA Centre of Excellence will compare more than favourably with similar centres around the world at Loughborough in England, Brisbane in Australia and at the International Cricket Council (ICC) headquarters in Dubai,” commented CSA Acting CEO Naasei Appiah.

“It will contribute to the long-term success of cricket in South Africa. The support of the University of Pretoria and the HPC and the passion of CSA for excellence will ensure that the CSA Centre of Excellence will be the best in the world.

“Currently all the leading international teams have either an existing high performance facility with office space for their high performance staff or are in the process of completing their high performance centres. Their ability to make use of the facility all year round and in all conditions as well as their ability to use the best equipment available puts them in a position of strength.

“I would also like to stress that this new facility will be used across the board for all our national teams - the Proteas Test, ODI and T20 squads, the national women’s team, the Coca-Cola national under-19 squad as well as our national squads for the disabled and differently abled cricket. This facility will not just cater for the high performance needs of CSA but will serve as a base for various transformation initiatives of CSA to address the imbalances within our own country.”

CSA's General Manager of cricket, Corrie van Zyl, outlined the major objectives of the new facility.

“Our high performance strategy is based on four pillars: to provide support to all the national teams in terms of facilities, equipment, technological support and tour preparation, particularly for out-of-season tours; to bridge the gap between domestic and international competition and to close the historical gaps within our own communities from the past; to support all the feeder structures; and to broaden the base of potential future international players.

“Research, which will include a video analysis laboratory, is another very important aspect of the new facilities that will be made available.

“Another very important aspect will be the opportunity to set up an ICC-accredited testing facility for illegal bowling actions. This will not only mean that CSA can now test its own professional players at a fraction of the price but also test professional cricketers from all over the world.

“Young cricketers still in their developmental stage can be tested for possible illegal actions and remedial work can then be done immediately to avoid disappointment further down the line.”

The University of Pretoria also welcomed the expanded relationship with the CSA that represents an extension and consolidation of the current nine year partnership, for another nine years.

“It contributes to the university’s commitment to excellence in its core business of teaching and learning, and research to all its endeavours, including sport," explained the University of Pretoria’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Cheryl de la Rey.

"The university’s contribution towards the nation’s sporting success internationally as reflected in the Olympic success in 2012 of athletes that formed part of its sports system will be extended with the addition of this new and much needed facility for CSA.”

The CSA Centre of Excellence will also host the National Academy with an auditorium and conference facilities also in the plans to host CSA related events and workshops in the future.


What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

The Proteas have announced plans to play a four-day Test against Zimbabwe starting on Boxing Day. What do you make of this?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.