Durban-based sporting good specialists Solly M Sports and the KZN Cricket Union have entered into a one year agreement, with the option to renew, where Solly M Sports will be the official sponsor of the Kingsmead-based academy.
The KZN Coastal Academy has been the home of some of the country’s top cricketers with the likes of David Miller, Keshav Maharaj, Andile Phehlukwayo and Hollywoodbets Dolphins captain Khaya Zondo all coming through the ranks. It has and still is a breeding ground for cricketers in the province and will continue with the support of SollyM Sports.
Solly M Sports is a name synonymous with sporting goods in Durban and to have a truly Durban brand supporting the KZN academy gives the relationship a homely feel and CEO of Solly M Sports Imtiaz Karodia is excited about the partnership.
“Our choice to partner with KZN cricket was a no brainer,” Karodia said. “Being a local business and having most of our cricketing ambassadors based in Durban, it made perfect sense to embark on this partnership which we hope will last for many successful years.
“This partnership is more than purely a business deal, it is also a shared love and passion for cricket and the fact that there is so much of untapped potential from grassroots level right up to this academy.”
CEO of KZN Cricket Heinrich Strydom is looking forward to seeing how this relationships can improve the development of players that come through the academy with emphasis on growing the numbers of academy players moving into the franchise set up.
“This sponsorship will add immense value to the KZN cricket pipeline,” Strydom said. “It will afford the Union the opportunity to add some vital extras to this official CSA programme.
“It also gives us the opportunity to broaden the support base to players involved in the academy.”
Along with Solly M Sports, PR Cricket has taken on sponsorship of a handful of players in the KZN pipeline.
They have supported Proteas star Keshav Maharaj for six years and have added fellow Hollywoodbets Dolphins star Okuhle Cele, Hollywoodbets KZN Coastal player Thula Ngcobo and KZN Women’s player Nondumiso Shangase to their list of sponsored players.
More information can be found at www.dolphinscricket.co.za.