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Celebrating Young Talent: Debswana Re Ba Bona Ha (RBBH) Cricket Festival Strikes Gold in Francistown

In a vibrant showcase of budding talent, the Debswana Re Ba Bona Ha (RBBH) initiative, in collaboration with the Botswana Cricket Association (BCA) and Botswana National Sport Commission (BNSC), recently hosted a thrilling cricket festival in Francistown. Held at the Francistown Council Stadium on the 20th of April 2024, the event was a resounding success, drawing the participation of 53 enthusiastic children from the eastern part of the city.

Dedicated to nurturing and transforming young sporting talent, RBBH has emerged as a beacon of hope for aspiring athletes across Botswana. With a focus on grassroots development, the programme aims to provide equal opportunities for all, regardless of background or circumstance.

The cricket festival served as a platform to introduce and groom talent within the sport, attracting a diverse group of young athletes eager to showcase their skills. Among the participants were 19 girls and 34 boys, representing schools such as Our Lady of the Desert, Nyangwabgwe, Phatlogo, and Monarch primary schools. This inclusive approach reflects RBBH's commitment to promoting gender equality in sports and fostering a supportive environment for all participants.

Not content with merely hosting an event, RBBH has gone above and beyond to ensure the success and sustainability of its initiatives. Following the festival, plans are underway to launch a mini cricket league, providing ongoing opportunities for young cricketers to hone their talents and compete at a local level. Remarkably, more than 200 kids are already registered in the programme in Francistown alone, signalling a groundswell of interest and engagement within the community.

A highlight of the festival was the presence of National Cricket team player MacDaniels Hlabano, himself a product of the RBBH programme. Hlabano's inspiring journey from grassroots to professional cricket served as a powerful motivator for the youngsters, reminding them that with dedication and perseverance, their dreams are within reach.

The momentum generated by the cricket festival promises to propel RBBH and its mission forward. With schools from the western part of the city set to enjoy their festival in the coming weeks, anticipation is running high for another round of thrilling cricket action.

In conclusion, the recent cricket festival in Francistown stands as a testament to the transformative power of sport and the unwavering commitment of initiatives like Debswana Re Ba Bona Ha. By investing in the next generation of athletes and providing them with the support they need to succeed, RBBH is not only shaping the future of cricket in Botswana but also empowering young minds to reach for the stars.