Fourie joins Leinster Development Team
Thinus Fourie, Ireland international and Ireland women’s team assistant coach, has recently joined the expanding number of people involved in the Leinster Cricket Union’s development programme.
Fourie will work on a part time basis with Reinhard Strydom who recently commenced a new position working at grassroots/participation level in the Fingal area of County Dublin.
Since September, both Strydom and Fourie have introduced cricket into schools in the Blanchardstown, Mulhuddart, Diswellstown, Swords and Donabate areas. The reaction within the schools has been encouraging, with most if not all of the children involved enjoying their first experience of the game.
Overseeing the development programme in Leinster, Brían O’Rourke has praised the efforts of both Strydom and Fourie. “The Leinster Cricket Union urgently needed more coaches working at grassroots level. We are now introducing the game, with assistance from Fingal County Council to non-traditional cricket areas around the city. It is hoped that in the coming years some of these schools can progress from schoolyard cricket to participation in the Leprechaun Cup, the new hardball competition established for the more developed cricket playing National Schools. Discussions are currently taking place with Dublin City Council to establish similar cricket development programmes to other areas of the city”