Twenty-eight successfully complete Programme
The development of cricket in Berbice particularly at the junior level took a massive stride when twenty eight aspiring Coaches successfully completed a Pre-level One Coaching Seminar at the Albion Community Centre on Sunday last.
The three-day seminar was held from June 15-17 and was conducted by Senior Coaches Michael Hyles Franco, Winston Smith and Julian Moore; it was organised under the Guyoil/Castrol Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) County wide Coaching programme.
Those attending the historic coaching seminar were Michael Newland, Veerapen Permaul, Gudakesh Motie Kanhai, Loyydel Lewis, Kandasammy Surujnarine, Mahadeo Mallay, Shawn Pereira, Shailendra Shameer, Delroy Tiexeira, Yugendra Harrinarine, Michael Chinsammy, Royston Crandon, Sharaz Ramcharran, Gregory Crandon, Carlton Sinclair, Shemaine Campbelle, Erva Giddings, Linden Austin, Suresh Dhanai, Muthuswammi Permaul, Javed Saywack, Pierra Tello, Paul Depnarine, Akram Rahaman, Ameer Rahaman, Gordon Sam, Keon Jospeh, Sunil Jhappan and Totaram Latchminarine. Muthuswammi Permaul, cricket Manager of the Albion Cricket Club was voted the best participant of the seminar by the Coaches.
BCB Special Events Committee Chairman Hilbert foster said the activity was a resounding success and forms a vital part of the cricket development programme of the Board. He said it was organised with the main aim of producing more learned coaches in the County system.
More Clubs in the Ancient County would now have access to better coaching and as such Berbice should be able to produce better all-round players at the Under-13, 15, 17 and 19 levels. Foster however expressed his frustration that several established clubs including Skeldon, Edinburgh and Bermine did not send any representatives to the seminar. He blasted some cricket administrators whom he said did not have the interest of the game at heart.
BCB President Keith Foster expressed delight at the success of the programme and the induction of twenty-eight new Coaches into the Berbice system. The Board, the President stated is determined to make the sport the best at all levels and to develop the game from the grassroots.
He urged the coaches to go back to their clubs and to impart to the players all that they have learnt.
The President also informed his attentive audience that they are now in a position to contribute to the development of Berbice cricket and urged them to grasp the opportunity with pride and passion.
The main resource person at the seminar, Michael Hyles Franco praised the attitude and performances of the participants and noted that they were all determined to be successful.
He also expressed gratitude to Guyoil and Castrol for their sponsorship of the programme and for the roles they were playing in the development of new talent in the Ancient County.
The participants as a collective praised the BCB for organising the programme and called on the Board to organise many more. Michael Newland of the Police Cricket Club and Muthuswammi Permaul urged their peers to use their newfound knowledge to develop more players the caliber of Narsingh Deonarine, Assad Fudadin and Devendra Bishoo.