From the Primary School End
this letter to the editor from a primary school teacher and cricket
coach, in response to this article: And
I Stopped Counting the White Surnames a Looooong Time Ago

My U/11 b’s played against Pendla Primary’s U/11 a’s from New Brighton
last week. Pendla arrived during school time, (an absolute shocker
because that means that there were 3 teachers missing from Pendla to

The team arrived with 1 umpire, a square leg umpire and a TV Ref – all
of whom never understood any rules and they demanded to only play 10
overs when we play a minimum of 25 EACH innings.

They had no kit, not even wicketkeeper gloves, no pads, no batting
gloves, only 1 Bakers Mini Cricket Bat, and this for a hard cricket

Their umpire stood behind me and I had to umpire both ends. Shocking.

And Mr Tshiwula wants to know why there aren’t any black players in his
team! Tell him to raise the standards at junior level so the juniors
can start playing properly. Then and only THEN will he start to see
players come through.

There certainly are good black players who just need the proper
equipment and they will go far.

Big D.

Editorial Comment:
Once we get rid of the sense of ‘entitlement’ that permeates amateur
sport then we will begin to see a normal society.

A practical example – for many years I was involved in what is referred
to as development in sport. Myself and a core of dedicated sailors
strove to introduce school pupils to sailing and a love of the sea. We
introduced in excess of a thousand pupils to sailing and the sea. With
NO money from government, lottery or foreign donors. The only monetary
assistance we had was from a well know PE businessman, club members and
candidate coaching staff from LoveLife.

We identified certain pupils as being able to really shine at the sport
of sailing and organised sponsorship and boats for them. When the tough
times hit the yacht club and money for the programme from sponsors
dried up, the previously disadvantaged pupils whom we had such high
hopes for just disappeared after we explained to them that they would
have to pay for their own transport to get to the sailing area. Most
frustrating to witness this combination of lack of resources and sense
of entitlement from persons that you go out of your way to assist.

Frankly – the only ‘Africans’ that we have still sailing are ex coaches
that were snapped up to work for yacht club members with yachts.

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