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Cricket SA Congratulates Schools on Achieving Blue Chip Status


This week Cricket South Africa (CSA) announced and congratulated the 30 schools that have achieved ‘blue chip’ status for 2019. KES was awarded this status among other select schools in Gauteng:

 

Well done to all learners and staff involved in this huge achievement!

Full article from CSA available on: https://cricket.co.za/news/32943/CSA-congratulates-schools-on-achieving-Blue-Chip-status

 

CSA BLUE CHIP SCHOOLS PROGRAMME DETAILS:

The Blue-Chip Schools programme are designed to reward schools committed to providing an environment that will enable young players to exploit their full potential as sportspeople and to become the best cricketers they can be. It is the vision of CSA to make cricket a truly national sport of winners and initiative aligns with CSA’s three-pronged strategic approach to promoting schools’ cricket, namely:

  • Identifying and developing new schools in disadvantaged areas through the RPC and Hubs
  • The Focus Schools Programme which seeks to refocus cricket in previous Model C Schools as they already have the necessary infrastructure but lack a commitment to specific cricket focus; and
  • Traditional cricket playing schools – i.e. the top performing cricket schools which have excellent resources and infrastructure

“All schools within these three categories are measured against the Schools Quality Index (SQI),

“Schools that achieve 90 percent on the SQI assessment will be awarded the official CSA Blue Chip Status for that year.”

An annual assessment will be done on all schools to monitor their progress against the Index and schools will be incentivised in various ways to encourage them to improve their score on the SQI.

“The aim of the Blue-Chip Schools initiative is to incentivise schools with the necessary resources to meet all the criteria set out in the SQI

Schools that qualify for this status will only be able to do so if all 5 criteria are met to the acceptable CSA standards. The criteria are:

  • Number of teams per age group
  • Number of matches played
  • Coaching infrastructure & qualifications
  • Facility infrastructure
  • Representation across the school pipeline

The intended outcomes for this initiative are:

  • Quality coaching structures and thus improved player performances
    • Increased number and quality of matches for all levels within the schools’ pipeline
    • Increased representation and the development of an increased pool of Black players
    • Sustainable production of quality players for the system.