The promotion of sportsmanship, fellowship and self-respect among children in Knysna through the medium of a healthy sporting ethos and environment, and the development of their skills in their chosen sport
Founded in 1992 by Keith Cretchley, The Knysna Sport Academy used local club facilities until 1995 when Keith turned a disused municipal sawdust dump into the Marlin Road Oval with a turf wicket and concrete practice nets. Since then, hundreds of children from all schools and communities in the Knysna district have enjoyed these facilities.
With support from the Knysna community, the Academy built its own Clubhouse which provides a wonderful venue for all its activities.
In 2010 Knysna Primary School became the new custodian of the Sports Academy.
Knysna Sport Academy:
- Provides term-time coaching in cricket, lawn bowls, golf, cycling, soccer and Tag Rugby to boys and girls from the primary schools in Knysna and surrounding areas;
- Hosts an extensive program of holiday sports clinics for the schools in the community.
- Coordinates a highly successful sports development programme for children from previously disadvantaged communities;
- Hosts visiting teams from abroad
The Object of the Sport Academy is to manage a facility which supports and encourages local schools and their boys and girls in their sporting activities, irrespective of their colour or background, their social or financial standing or the opportunities they enjoy:
- By means of coaching programs;
- By providing home and away match opportunities which afford healthy competition;
- By participating in a series of Holiday Sports Festivals which provide an opportunity for local children to compete with highly rated, established sporting schools from all over the country and abroad;
- By extending its facilities, equipment and expertise to local schools.
Above all, the Academy believes that all children should be entitled to equal opportunity, that every child has a talent to a greater or lesser extent and that what is important is how the game is played, rather than the outcome of the contest.
The Development Prorogramme aims to introduce children from previously disadvantaged communities to the game, bring them to match standard and place them in teams which are entered in the Academy’s Programme of fixtures and annual Sports events. The Programme has been hugely successful and rewarding and many of the children have gone on to be selected to represent SWD.
The coaching program offers Cricket, Soccer, Tag Rugby, Golf , MTB Cycling, Lawn Bowls and Athletics.
Development numbers now constitute 80% of all children registered at Knysna Sport Academy.