Corporate Social Investment
Calypso Cricket Festival
Taquanta Investment Holdings has been a proud sponsor of the annual Calypso Cricket Festival since December 2012.
Calypso Cricket is a unique and fun adaptation of conventional cricket that was introduced to South Africa by sport coaching and development company, Sporting Chance. Utilising most of the rules of cricket, the game is played on the beaches with two teams of ten players each. This competitive sport originated in the West Indian islands and is played between different villages that gather in their hundreds for the event. It has proven to be an exciting way of introducing young children to the game of cricket.
Taquanta’s investment will allow Sporting Chance to reward the 3000 boys and girls who have been part of an annual programme with the opportunity to participate in the year ending Calypso Cricket spectacle.
“Calypso Cricket affords Taquanta the opportunity to not only give back to the Western Capes deserving underprivileged youth, but likewise promote a platform that stands to uncover the next generations sporting role models ” says Justin Kretzschmar, CEO and Executive Director of Taquanta Investment Holdings.
Calypso Cricket was introduced to South Africa in 1991 after Brad Bing, Managing Director of Sporting Chance, visited the West Indies to study the Calypso concept. Initially the annual event was held only in the Western Cape on Sunrise Beach near Muizenberg, with the idea of creating an uplifting environment where children could enjoy the game of cricket and bring together various communities. However, due to increasing success and demand, it has expanded to Durban, East London, Port Elizabeth, Plettenberg Bay, Wilderness, Mossel Bay, Hermanus, Kommetjie and the Strand and all events culminate with a festival in Muizenberg.
The excitement of the children involved is gratifying and Calypso Cricket has become a highlight in the lives of many of them, some of whom have never seen the sea before. Participation in the programme is from the age of nine till 15 years, thereby offering the youth the opportunity to engage in a healthy and fun-filled lifestyle throughout the critical and formative years. The communities and clubs are therefore an integral part of the programme. Although Sporting Chance continues to emphasise the fun and educational aspects of Calypso Cricket, it has also become a vehicle to identify natural talent and has the support of Cricket South Africa and the various provincial cricketing bodies.
- Visit the Sporting Chance website at www.sportingchance.co.za
- To find out more about Calypso Cricket, click here
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