SPORTING standards in the country are set to improve for the better following the establishment of an academy in Bulawayo by former Zimbabwe international cricketer Heath Streak.
The Academy, which boasts world class training sports facilities, provides young players with improved facilities in sporting disciplines such as cricket, rugby, swimming and gymnastics.
The centre, which is located at Bulawayo’s MacDonald Sports Club, will also promote cricket and other sports in less -privileged environs such as rural areas and western suburbs.
“Through this academy we hope to identify and nurture talent in schools in the high density suburbs. At the moment cricket has been mainly confined to elite schools because of the expensive nature of the sport,” said Streak in an interview with NewZimbabwe.com.
“We want to integrate these schools with the elite schools so that they can form one cricket league where all schools can participate competitively.”
The academy started offering periodic and regular sports training courses in the second week of last December.
So far, 60 students have enrolled with the centre which is also part of the Heath Streak Consultancy and Sports Foundation.
“We have just finished concluding a 30-year lease agreement with MacDonald Sports Club who own the property.
“We have already started offering courses in cricket which are being conducted by our head coach, Gravine Ewing, a holder of level three coaching certificate from Australia,” said the former right-handed batsman.
We hope to identify and nurture talent in schools … Heath Streak