The Central Gauteng Lions (‘CGL’) are delighted to announce a new partnership with the higher education outfit, Richfield who have invested significantly into the education and future well-being of both the CGL players as well as staff.

The partnership involves offering fully sponsored bursaries for players and highly discounted offers for all CGL staff interested in pursuing their academic careers.

Richfield Graduate Institute of Technology is registered with the Department of Higher Education & Training as a Private Higher Education Institution under the Higher Education Act.

The Institution is accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE), Umalusi, the Quality Council on Trades and Occupations (QCTO) and numerous SETAs.

Richfield operates Higher Education, Technical, Vocational & Further Education Training, Distance Learning and Short Learning Programmes with campuses located across major cities and rural sectors in South Africa.

Higher Education Programmes are offered at Higher Certificate, Advanced Certificate, Diploma, Degree, Post Graduate Diploma and Honours levels in the Faculties of Information and Communications Technology; Business, Economics and Management Sciences and Public Administration.

The institution has a proud track record of 30 years in operation with 33 accredited Higher Education sites, and 22 accredited programmes.  Over 300 000 students having completed a range of programmes over this period.

CGL CEO Jono Leaf-Wright believes that this partnership will fill a void previously found within the Union, “I believe that this is one of the missing links for us at CGL for a number of aspects, namely the range of vocational qualifications offered; the experience already gained in both distance learning and the blended learning environment; the support offered to students and the accessibility of campuses and learning resources for young men and women to make use of. For an aspiring or established cricketer, the CGL feels that this is an ideal fit and we look forward to the betterment of the entire CGL family through this partnership. Education remains a key focus for us. We want to empower staff and players through learning and ensure they grow and develop daily being a part of the CGL family.”

The focus on education and learning is a value that will serve the CGL in attracting and retaining the best talent to the province as well as achieving the goal set which is to create better people through the game of cricket.

“As Richfield we are excited to partner with CGL in their mission to develop well rounded individuals on and off the sports field.  It is great to see our professional sports people place such a high priority on furthering their education. Young fans look up to these players, and for them to aspire to be like them on the cricket field as well as in the classroom will make them true role models.  We are extremely proud that CGL has chosen Richfield as their preferred partner and look forward to welcoming the first group of Distance Learning students that are due to enrol in our 2020 mid-year intake,” said Group Sales Director Adam Kelly.

“In conclusion, this is just another way in which we feel that we are contributing towards our goal of #BringingUpTheBest,” added Leaf-Wright.

About Central Gauteng Lions

Central Gauteng Lions is the custodian of all cricket activities in the greater Sedibeng, West Rand, Vaal, and Johannesburg area and manages the Imperial Wanderers Stadium and Jozi Stars.

About Richfield:

Richfield is a private higher education institution that offers accredited contact and distance learning programmes ranging from short courses through to post graduate honours. More info at