The key to success at any sporting institution is not just the team at the top, but rather the structures below. At the Multiply Titans, that sentiment certainly holds true, as the formidable pipeline that keeps churning out players is always at work.
Head of the High Performance Programme, Mark Charlton, gave an insight into their philosophy, while also shedding light on what the future holds for the structure as a whole. From the quality cricket schools in our area to the Provincial Academies, the University of Pretoria (TUKS) and the Provincial team which directly feeds the Titans Franchise.
“The success of the whole structure depends on a holistic approach, with all the various parts of the player pipeline pulling in the same direction,” Charlton explained.
“Our philosophy is simple. Retain, align, attract and enhance. We look to retain the players that come through our feeder structures, while also attracting some quality from around the country. Then, along with our excellent coached across the board, we look to enhance those players,and prepare them for the next level.”
Charlton cited current Standard Bank Proteas like Aiden Markram, Lungi Ngidi and Heinrich Klaasen as examples of players who have come through the pipeline, and then have gone onto much bigger things after the foundation they built.
“Aiden came through as a schoolboy, then went through the various stages. Heinrich is a product who spent a lot of time at Provincial level before progressing to the franchise, while Lungi is someone that we attracted from Natal. They are all examples of the paths that you can take to the top,” Charlton explained.
Beyond the traditional channels, Charlton revealed that they are looking to cast their net wider still. As the Titans trophy cabinet continues to burgeon, more and more players are looking at the Sky Blues as a career path to certain success.
“We are very excited to work a bit closer with the Mpumalanga and theLimpopo regions. We have seen wonderful improvement at Easterns, who have become a big part of our production line, and we would like to replicate that with Mpumalanga and Limpopo.
“Geographically, they are intriguing options for us, and there is a wealth of talent in those areas that we would like to work with, " he said.
Charlton added that all the structures that are in place would be nothing without the human resources that he works alongside, at every level.
“We are very lucky, from the likes of Mark Boucher and Mandla Mashimbyi at the franchise, then onto guys like JP Triegaardt and Richard Das Neves at the Northerns and Easterns respectively and to have experience like Kruger Van Wyk at TUKS is amazing and a host of other guys in the academy and the lower structures. They are all great at what they do, and they give players all the tools they need to succeed at the highest level,” Charlton enthused.
It is a simple recipe, but it is one that has been cooking up batch after batch of success over the past decade and beyond.
Retain. Align. Attract. Enhance.