Cricket association launches website

Cricket association launches website

MASERU – The Lesotho Cricket Association (LCA) took a major step towards modernising its affairs when it launched its first-ever digital website last Friday.
The occasion was celebrated at Kick4Life’s sports grounds in Old Europa and the aim of the website is to distribute the association’s information to “anyone, anywhere in the world” and to keep followers of cricket in the country updated on what is happening in the sport.
The website is also accessible on mobile phones and has been designed so that visitors do not struggle to find any information they are looking for.

The association has been busy in recent weeks promoting the sport and next up, the LCA is planning to host a training seminar for local sports reporters to educate them about cricket in order to make it easier to report the sport.
Speaking at Friday’s launch, LCA development officer Lekoatsa Chaka shared a few programmes the association has proposed in efforts to ensure the growth and success of cricket in the country.

Among them is a cricket volunteer programme where people will be invited and equipped cricket skills by the LCA.
Cricket Mass Participation is another ambitious project where the LCA will invite national primary schools to one venue and equip them with skills in all aspects of cricket.
A Talent Identification Programme is also being lined up by the LCA.
The association will go out to villages, schools and clubs to identify talent with the intention of recruiting and training participants in order to better their chances of playing for Lesotho’s national teams.

“We have also proposed a facility and capital development where we have identified the places where we will have mobile net facilities and upgrade some facilities,” Chaka said.
“We also intend on gathering all trained coaches together to revive their skills and give them more training,” he added.
“We are going to have another edition of media training where we’re going to share the programmes that we have performed and those that are in the pipeline with the journalists,” he said.

“We have proposed a cricket facilitator course where we will train people from different districts of Lesotho in order to promote cricket to reach remote areas in the country. So far we have trained all the sports officers with the intention of making sure that cricket is played in every district. LCA only train coaches up to Level 1 and never beyond that. After the completion of Level 1 we send them to South Africa for further training. We are willing to train women as we already have established an ‘LCA women in cricket committee’,” he said.

The association has also proposed a national league qualifier tournament for senior men.
There are plans to have an Independence Cup and national cricket league where community clubs will participate as well. For senior women, the LCA has a national league championship, World Day T20 challenge and a triangular cricket tournament to look forward to.
Chaka said the LCA has been mandated to develop cricket in the country hence the numerous activity propositions.
The LCA president, Sebajoa Sebajoa, said the national team did not have a good performance in the season 2019/20 because they did not qualify in the Division 2 qualifier tournament held in Botswana in 2018.
However, in 2020 Lesotho will definitely participate in more International Cricket Council (ICC) tournaments, he said.

Sebajoa said that cricket, “as a gentlemen’s sport”, has realised the importance of women who participate in cricket and is therefore making an effort to put women centre stage. More women will be empowered in all aspects of the game from administration to coaching and umpiring. The LCA will also increase domestic competitions aimed to equip athletes from the grass roots up to the elite level in order to meet international standards.
Sebajoa expressed the LCA’s sincere gratitude to the Lesotho Post Bank for branding cricket and said they hope they work together in future.

“We have realised the importance of communication, that’s why we’re launching our website, Facebook page as well as Instagram page which are all aimed at widening the communication avenues of the LCA so that people, be it potential sponsors, be it sport loving people wherever they are at their convenient time have access to all the information relating to cricket,” Sebajoa said.
The launch was graced by sponsors Lesotho Post Bank, representatives of Lesotho National Olympic Committee (LNOC) and Lesotho Sports and Recreation Commission (LSRC) who applauded the LCA on their event and appreciated Lesotho Post Bank for playing a part.

Mamakhooa Rapolaki


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