Young cricket stars and social players will have the opportunity to showcase their skills next year as Cape Town will add another key fixture to the 2016 sporting calendar with the launch of the Cape Town Sixes Cricket and Cultural Festival in March next year. The event, which is endorsed by Western Province Cricket Association (WPCA), invites local and international semi-pro and amateur teams to take part in three action-packed days of cricket and culture in the Mother City.
“Cricket runs in the veins of our country,” said Nabeal Dien, CEO of WPCA. “We are delighted that the Cape Town Sixes Festival is hosting this inaugural, inspiring event for the people of Cape Town and the visiting teams from around the world so that they can be immersed in the joy and craft of the sport over these three days. This kind of focus on the playing and the support of non-professional levels of the sport is vital to the development of the game.”
The festival which takes place from the 19th to the 20th of March 2016 at the Greenpoint Cricket Club enables cricket enthusiasts, club players and developmental teams to come together across eight cricket leagues that range from the highly competitive semi-pro and premier teams to the more laid-back lager and social leagues. There is a league for corporates wanting an ideal team-building experience at a high profile event, as well as leagues for women cricketers and the Golden Oldies. Each of the leagues can accommodate eight teams with eight players per team and two reserves. Competitors will play six overs per side. Each team is guaranteed four matches in their league, with semi-finals and the finals to follow. Teams from South Africa and abroad can visit www.capetownsixesfestival.com to enter.
The Cape Town Sixes Festival will showcase the City’s famous flair for fun, entertainment and community spirit with a Food of Nations Village featuring cuisine from the world’s great cricketing countries, a ‘Bigger Than Me’ precinct that highlights social development projects that are improving quality of life in Cape Town and a safe, friendly kids and family zone. “Cape Town Tourism recognises the role events play in encouraging locals and visitors to explore their the city,” comments Cape Town Tourism CEO, Enver Duminy. “The buzz around the Cape Town Sixes event is going to be fantastic, it’s a sporting and cultural event in one, with plenty of musical offerings and tasty foods, as well as family-friendly fun for kids. As a tourism body, we’re also applauding the event’s efforts at social development which level the playing fields for all Capetonians to enjoy healthy leisure activities.”
The three-day festival will end on a high note with a music concert on the Sunday featuring South Africa legends Mango Groove with Jimmy Nevis, The Kiffness, Rory Eliot and more.