Good sports. Cricket touches the lives of disadvantaged young cricketers at the Cricket School of Excellence, founded by Ryan Maron, a former WP cricketer also involved with UCT cricket and Afghanistan’s national side (yes, it has one!). For over 10 years, the school has invited promising township cricketers to its holiday clinics and found sponsorship for their transport, meals and other costs. It also runs Township Elite Squad training sessions throughout the year. ‘Sport is so much more than sport, especially for youngsters who don’t have many opportunities,’ says Western Cape Premier Helen Zille, a supporter of the upliftment programme.