The KILT u13 girls’ cricket team was recently established and the talented young cricketers, are already winning all their matches.
Knysna, South Africa (13 March 2023) – The Knysna Initiative for Learning and Teaching (KILT) has shared a heartwarming story about a group of young ladies, who are making their cricketing dreams a reality in Knysna. They have established an u13 girls’ cricket team and they are winning all their matches.
KILT was established in 2016 to help build an empowered community through education and became an NPC in 2022. It was started by Ms Gill Marcus after she retired as Governor of the Reserve Bank. Knysna-based school principals approached her and asked for help with problems they faced in their schools. Together they were able to address many of the problems these schools faced. Today, KILT runs 18 projects in 17 government schools in the Knysna District.
According to the dedicated team at KILT, Knysna’s cricketing girls are challenging stereotypes by hitting boundaries! Of the two matches they have played so far, the girl power team has won both.
“Every time young girls and women cricketers take to the field; the game takes a step forward.
This year we selected talented cricket players from across all our KILT-partnered schools to form select KILT teams, and so far, the Under-13 girls’ team has won both of their games!
At KILT we see sport as a means of empowerment.
Equity is forming in the ovals of the Knysna cricket grounds. Shifting the mental image of “who plays the game?” to one that includes girls as well as guys.
This inspiring group of young women are shattering the glass ceiling one match at a time! And so the entire sport, not just the girls’ game, benefits as a result.
Stereotypes often prevail in workplaces and schools, and in the heroes that represent sports. We are challenging the boom-and-bust cycles seen in female sports, particularly in disadvantaged areas, and so KILT will continue our essential work to generate dynamic and sustainable sporting opportunities for all.”
KILT has started raising funds for the young ladies so they can fully develop the team. If you would like to support their cricket dreams, you can do so via Yoco here. Please reference that your donation is for the u13 girls’ cricket.