Soroti Cricket Academy is cheerful after receiving Artificial carpet from Uganda Cricket Association.
The turf was installed earlier this week for the first time since the Academy was started in 2014.
Felix Musana, the Academy’s Chairman, said that the newly acquired turf comes as a major boost.
“This is a huge milestone for it has been a big upgrade on the playing surface at the Soroti cricket Oval,” Musana told The-SportsNation.
“It’s such a big boost and it’s an upgrade to the point that SCA can now host clubs and teams to play on SCA oval.”
Musana said that before the AstroTurf, the journey had been literally from playing on grass surfaces, foot paths transformed into wickets and temporary surfaces levelled with clay.
He added: “The last 2 years had a concrete slab upgraded but it did not have the Astra.”
He revealed that they earlier faced challenges of quick wear and tear of balls and higher risks of injuries for the Cricketers.
Other challenges faced include – Early pregnancies for the female athletes, Shortage of Cricket Equipment, Limited Cricket supporting grounds, Limited funds for running programs such as operations and clubs management and the need to have a cricket home for SCA.
“Through the Sport of cricket we have empowered the youth and future generation of Teso region especially the girl child through, talent development, education career guidance prevention of early marriages,
Empowerment and awareness against Gender Based Violence, drug abuse among others,” Musana adds.
About Soroti Cricket Academy:
Soroti Cricket Academy (SCA) started in 2014 and is registered as a community based organization in Soroti.
The Academy works formally in 10 primary schools and 6 secondary schools. They have three clubs registered and taking part in the National Cricket Leagues, these are Olila Cricket Club, Soroti Challengers Cricket Club and Soroti City Cricket Club.
The Academy has an 85% composition of girls against 15% of boys.
The Academy has partnerships with Trocaire, Uganda Cricket Association, FAMMI and Makapads.