TCL/RHTY&SC 2013 Cricket Academy launched
With solid emphasis on ensuring that their foundation is solid one for the future, the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club (RHTY&SC) in association with sponsor, TCL Guyana Inc. unveiled their 16th Cricket Academy at the latter’s 2-9 Lombard Street Head Office.
Plant Manager Mark Bender and Marketing Representative Eric Whaul joined RHTY&SC CEO/Secretary Hilbert Foster in revealing details for this year’s activity which will target 120 youths between 8 – 18 years-old and will be conducted at the Area ‘H’ Ground from July 8-19.
Bender in feature remarks pointed out that TCL – in its second year of sponsorship of the Academy – had no hesitation in approving this year’s request due to the fact that the academy is holistic in nature.
“Cricket is just being used as a catalyst, but we really like the idea of the academy while enhancing the cricketing skills of the participants, they are also tutored in areas such as the danger of drugs, the importance of education, HIV Aids, teenage pregnancy and so on”.
Bender is of the view that given all the social challenges that faces the youths of today, there isn’t always easily accessible counseling for students or parents who don’t have the know how to deal with some of these challenges.
Dealing with these issues at the academy is something that TCL is very impressed with according to Bender.
The value of this year’s sponsorship is $200,000. Conducting the academy will be Coaches Winston Smith, Michael Hyles-Franco and Renwick Batson. Sessions would be held daily from 09:00 – 14:00hrs.
Special emphasis would be placed on batting, bowling, fielding, and physical fitness while classroom sessions would focus on the social ills of society as well as the history of cricket and personal hygiene among others.
Those participants who are outstanding would be rewarded at the conclusion of the academy.
Other clubs in the Ancient County will have the opportunity to send up to three representatives according to Foster as the RHTY&SC aims to assist others in their development.
“We at the RHTY&SC are quite confident that as usual, the academy would be quite successful and that more new and exciting talent would be unearthed.
The club management would like to express profound gratitude to TCL Guyana Inc., for the sponsorship and also to our friends, Mr. Mark Bender and Mr. Eric Whaul for their continuing support.
Please be assured that the academy would be well organised and all the objectives would be achieved”, Foster informed.
The long serving CEO/Secretary also took the opportunity to thank all for their support during his recent period of illness which has caused him to resign with immediate effect as Public Relations Officer of the Berbice Cricket Board.
Foster said that he would now, based on his doctor’s advice, decrease his work load but has assured that systems are in place to ensure the normal high level of efficiency is attained.
The club remains on target he stated to achieve the 175 programmes/activities target that they have set themselves.