Baseball enthusiast and Eagles coach Lwazi Mlondolozi held a four-day coaching development programme at Sakhile Primary School in Mdantsane.
The programme was aimed at upskilling and mentoring local coaches.
Mlondolozi was joined by two professional baseball coaches, one from Cape Town and another from Italy, who shared their knowledge about the sport.
Mlondolozi launched the Billie Magengelele Baseball Revival Programme last year with the aim of reviving the sport in the township and surrounding areas of East London
The GO! & Express reported (Baseball proves a hit, May 31, 2018) that Mlondolozi through his programme wanted to ensure that the legacy of his mentor, Magangelele, lived on.
“I joined coaching because of him. There was no competition beyond high school, so he helped me get my coaching career off the ground,” Mlondolozi said.
The coaching development programme was attended by 28 young children, ranging from five to 13 years as well as coaches and officials.
“The two coaches we invited saw that there are a few black people who play baseball, so they want to nurture the ones who were still interested in the sport. I want the love of baseball to grow bigger here in East London,” and not t be an overseas sport,” Mlondolozi said.
The U18 Eagles baseball team are currently in Port Elizabeth to participate in the national championships.
This is the first time in approximately 10 years that a team from the Eastern Cape is competing.