Education student gets Mini-Cricket Coach of the Year award
Masters student in Teacher Development Studies in the School of Education, Mrs Ragini Moodley, is KFC Mini-Cricket’s Coach of the Year!
Moodley was given the award by Cricket South Africa for her devotion, consideration and passion to the development of the game through KFC Mini-Cricket courses.
Moodley, a Teacher at Tyburn Primary School in Chatsworth, has over the last 27 years managed to grow the KFC Mini-Cricket footprint in KwaZulu-Natal by coaching children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Through her dedication to the KFC Mini-Cricket programme she is able to provide a positive and safe environment for young cricketers to learn the fundamentals of the game, grow their love for it and get active.
Speaking about her achievement, she said: ‘There are 8 400 coaches across the country who also put in hard work to get children between the ages of six and 13 involved in the Mini Cricket programme.
‘It was a huge surprise for me to have been chosen from such a big group of coaches in South Africa. Having won this title has increased my passion, dedication and enthusiasm to reach out to more learners at schools.’
Moodley said the award had also motivated her to assist and empower more teachers and parents to become involved in the Mini Cricket Programme at schools. She aims to include Learners with Special Educational Needs (LSEN) in the programme.
‘Many of the learners in Chatsworth come from challenging backgrounds where substance abuse, poverty, HIV and AIDS and child-headed households are common. They are faced with tremendous hardships and therefore see this programme as a platform to socialise with children from other communities whilst having fun.’
She has also coached many cricketers over the years, some of whom hold Sports scholarships at well-resourced schools in and around Durban.
Players who have gone on to represent and play for the national and provincial teams include Cody Chetty and Jonathan Vandiar - KZN Sunfoil Dolphins; Trisha Chetty, Denisha Devnarain; Chloe Tyron and Nokulunga Khwela - KZN Women’s Cricket Team / Momentum Proteas Women’s Team.
Moodley is currently finalising the revisions to her Masters in Education thesis and will graduate next year. Her thesis topic is: Understanding the Role of Teachers in Providing Welfare Care for Learners, supervised by Dr Kathleen Pithouse-Morgan.