BCB/Scotia Bank Cricket Academy attract large turn out
The 6th Annual Berbice Cricket Board’s Bank of Nova Scotia Academy started on Monday last at the Area “H” Ground with fifty of the ancient county’s most promising junior cricketers in attendance. The cricket academy, the only of its kind to be organised by a county Board in Guyana, is sponsored by the Bank of Nova Scotia at the cost of $150,000.
BCB President Keith Foster at the launching ceremony, urged the young cricketers to listen carefully to the coaches and put into practice what they have learnt. Foster noted that the Berbice
Cricket Board under his administration has invested heavily into the development of young cricketers and programmes such as the Annual Cricket Academy, Guyoil Coaching Programmes and Elite Training Sessions have all been highly successful.
The President told the young cricketers that Berbice has a rich tradition of success and it was their duties to uphold the high standards that players like Rohan Kanhai, Basil Butcher and Joe Solomon had set in the past. He pledged that the Berbice Cricket Board would continue to invest in youth development both on and off the cricket field with the main aim of allowing all cricketers to fulfill their true potentials.
Other speakers at the launching included former BCB President Malcolm Peters, Senior Selector Albert Smith, Secretary Angela Haniff and President of the Guyana Teachers Union Colin Bynoe.
Bynoe called on the cricketers to understand the importance of education and to choose their friends very carefully. Head Coach Michael Hyles-Franco stated that the Academy had attracted the cream of Berbice cricketers and special emphasis would be placed on improving their batting, bowling and fielding skills.
Lectures have also been organised on topics of importance to assist the young cricketers to understand their roles as sport ambassadors of Berbice. The other coaches at the academy are Albert Smith, Winston Smith and Renwick Batson.