Keegan Janse Van Rensburg’s decision to come to King Edward VII school was made, in the first instance by his parents and himself and it was a cricketing decision.
He was al Laerskool Randhart in Alberton where he was already a good batsman and it was decided that, if he were to fulfill his ultimate dream of becoming a professional player he should go to a school where there was good coaching, good facilities, and where the fixture list would allow him to play against the top schools in the country.
He did well as a junior. In his under-14 year he was the top run-scorer, making over 1000 at an average of 52, and he has been at, or close to, the top of the batting averages ever since. He is in grade 10 now and in the unbeaten under-16 team. He made close to 500 runs at an average of 68 and is a very useful off-spinner. He is hoping to be in the first team in the second half of the year.
“I go to Jimmy Cook for personal coaching and Mr Matheson speaks to me there regularly telling me what I need to improve on to get there,” he said.
Despite coming from an Afrikaans background, English is actually his best subject, so Keegan has no problem communicating with his friends and team mates. He is in Buxton House and enjoys hostel life. “You are with your friends all the time, and there is plenty of time to hang out together, he said. “You are also forced to apply yourself to your studies and I have been doing quite well at academics as a result. There is also help available if you are struggling with anything.”
Best of all, however, I live next to the fields and the nets, and I can use my spare time to practice. There are also always other cricketers around who are willing to do that with me.”
All of which, he believes, will help him in his plans to be a professional cricketer. “I want to play professionally, but even if that doesn’t work out, I am going to be involved in cricket, as a coach, or maybe an umpire,” he said.
Coming to KES was the best decision he ever made, Keegan believes. “I am getting so much support and there are people who want to hep me to reach my potential, I feel I have a responsibility to repay them for their confidence in me, as a cricketer, in the class room, and by being a true KES boy.”