It’s back to school week, and while the little ones are excited about a new learning year, they are also looking forward to various sports they’ll be participating in this year. And KFC Mini-Cricket is right behind that by encouraging young boys and girls to keep active throughout the year.

Proteas players David Miller and JP Duminy agree that it is important for young boys and girls to keep active and have shared some top tips on how they suggest the kids can do that throughout the year – including school holidays.

Proteas batsman, David Miller, shared the same sentiment as JP as he was reminded of his very own childhood growing up KwaZulu Natal. “We would always be running around in our back garden, or at the beach. Being active forms an important part of your learning and skills development. As kids we would always play outside with friends. We would find different games to play which included a lot of running around and that would keep us out of trouble for many hours,” he shared.

For Miller, being from a big family for him meant they would get together during the holidays for a game of backyard cricket, soccer or touch rugby with his siblings and family was always on the cards. “As youngsters, we would sometimes play hide and seek or have treasure hunts, it was all very simple back then, but still entertaining.”  he added.

When asked for advice on what mothers can do to motivate their kids to stay active, Miller shared, “every child is different and has different interests, so it is important for parents and the family to think of ways of keeping the kids active. Parents should encourage kids to participate in extramural activities at school and continue being active with their friends and family when they get back home.”

Through the KFC Mini-Cricket programme, KFC has managed to offer kids with the critical building blocks to learn cricketing basics and entrenching important life lessons. The programme allows teachers at schools to offer a cricket sporting programme, even with basic fields and facilities. This is to make sure that kids are playing their way, getting active and that the educational lessons of commitment to participation are learnt and adopted way beyond just the game.

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