On Friday 28 February 2020, a R4,5 million artificial turf was opened in Khayelitsha. This field will form part of the ‘GKF Centre of Cricket Excellence’ at Chris Hani Secondary School.
“Five years ago I visited Khayelitsha on a fact-finding mission and I was shocked not to find one sports field in the township. It became my mission to establish first class facilities that would give kids an equal chance at the game of cricket,” said Kirsten.
“In two years, I look forward to Chris Hani’s U19 team playing against a privileged school on this world-class field, then we have created equal opportunities,” said Kirsten.
The Artificial cricket oval, which has been made possible by the incredible generosity of sponsors HomeChoice, it is the first of its kind in the country and is ready to host local matches, events and tournaments.
“We are incredibly proud to partner with the Gary Kirsten Foundation and it’s such facilities that create a safe space for children,” said Rick Garratt, founder of HomeChoice.
Many cricketers from Khayelitsha and other townships have been identified and given scholarships and bursaries to attend privileged schools, but they are displaced from their communities. I have a vision for local cricketers to remain in their communities, and excel at the game with support and expertise.” said Kirsten.