Duminy Academy to develop future cricketers and create positive community impact

Time of article published Feb 28, 2020

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CAPE TOWN – Following months of preparation, the JP21 Foundation unveiled a new cricket pitch and nets at Hyacinth Primary School in Mitchells Plain. The collaboration between the foundation and sponsor Oakley is an effort to create a positive impact in historically disadvantaged communities.

The JP21 Foundation, founded by South African cricketer JP Duminy, established a cricket clinic at the school for learners from Hyacinth, surrounding schools as well as the wider community.

Speakers included JP Duminy and Hyacinth Primary’s principal Cedric Anyster, who hosted the official ribbon-cutting ceremony and the cricket clinic. Proteas David Miller and CEO of WPCA, Nabeal Dien were also in attendance.

Hyacinth Primary’s principal Cedric Anyster hosted the official ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday. Photo:Phando Jikelo/ANA
Hyacinth Primary’s principal Cedric Anyster hosted the official ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday. Photo: Phando Jikelo/ANA

Duminy chose Hyacinth Primary as the beneficiary of the cricket pitch as the school shares his vision and values. Additionally, the mandate of the JP21 Foundation is to revitalize the game of cricket in underdeveloped communities and schools affected by gang-related violence and substance abuse.

“Infrastructure is a major challenge and concern in the Mitchells Plain community,” says Duminy. “Five years ago, JP21 set itself a goal to change lives and set a certain standard in the community for others to follow. We believe the revamp of Hyacinth Primary’s sport field is a big accomplishment as we have always wanted to create better opportunities for kids through improved facilities.

This is a step in the right direction and the hope is for the Foundation to continue to grow, and to be in a position to do the same for other schools within these communities.”

The JP21 Cricket Academy aims to develop the game and create a positive community impact. Video: Phando Jikelo/ANA

Karen Gold, Oakley spokesperson says: “Throughout JP’s prolific career, he has always endeavored to make a tangible and meaningful contribution to society. Oakley is proud to be associated with a sportsman of his calibre and social standing.

Our aim is to promote positive social behavior, community engagement and skills development — which we believe is achievable through team sport. This project will help identify and develop talent, while bringing people together through the universal language of sport.”

The JP21 Cricket Academy aims to develop the game and create a positive community impact. Video: Phando Jikelo/ANA

Sport Reporter

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