Berbice Cricket Board/Scotia Bank 6th Annual Cricket Academy ends
After one week of intense training, teaching and coaching, the sixth annual Berbice Cricket Board/Scotia Bank Cricket Academy came to an end on Friday with a closing ceremony which was held at the Area “H” Ground would bowl on Monday 22nd July, 2013, at Rose Hall Town, Corentyne, Berbice.
The one week academy, which began on Monday 22nd July, 2013, saw over 50 youths participating. During the week of interaction the youths were taken through their paces by coaches Michael Hyles Franco, Winston Smith, Renwick Batson and former National senior Coach Albert Smith.
During the interaction the youths were taught the finer points of batting, fielding bowling, wicketkeeping and general physical fitness. Lectures were also done on other topics of importance such as the History of Cricket, drug abuse, HIV/AIDS, captaincy, Importance of Discipline, Laws of Cricket and the Role of a Sport Ambassador.
While a few practice matches were also played with the coaches observing and looking for faults and strong points of the various participants.
During the simple ceremony speeches were delivered by President of the BCB Keith Foster and other cricket board officials. Foster challenged the cricketers present to take full advantage of the opportunities being offered to them by the board.
He told the attentive young cricketers that one of the main aims of the BCB is to make sure that Berbice remains strong on the cricket field, while making sure that every player who represents the county fully understands their roles as role models and sport ambassadors.
He informed the youths that more cricket clinics and seminars would be arranged such as the junior elite programme so as to aid their development.
Former cricket and experienced, successful national coach, Albert Smith, who designed the programme for the youths, in his address, challenged the cricketers to make full use of the many opportunities being offered. He told them to put what they leant in practice and to share their new found knowledge with their peers when they returned to their respective clubs.
Also speaking to the aspiring youngsters was long serving Chairman of the Competition Committee of the BCB and successful National Manager, Carl Moore. Moore told the young cricketers that the BCB is investing heavily in youth development, since they have all their future and the future of the country before them. He stated that ”with cricket being played at the Under-13, Under-15, Under-17, Under-19, and Under-21 levels, second division intermediate and senior levels, young cricketers in Berbice have more than enough opportunities to showcase and develop their cricketing abilities.
Also speaking to the youngsters was former National U19 player and Coach Renwick Batson. All the speakers congratulated the youngsters for being selected and successfully completing the academy. Also present was former president and life member of the BCB Malcolm Peters and Secretary Angela Haniff.
The outstanding performers at the camp were also recognised including the cricketer of the academy Daniel Lewis, most promising player Senwansane Veramootoo, most committed Kris Ramnarine, Best Bowler Royden Phil, best batsman Randy Wade, Wade was also adjudged the player with the best all round ability, the most hard working Denzil Sinclair, while special prizes were presented to U13 Imran Azad and U17 Jason Anderson.
The cricketers were drawn from Young Warriors, Albion Community Centre, Blairmont Community Centre, RHTYSC, Tucber Park, Achievers, Skeldon Community Centre, Police, Port Mourant, No. 70 Young Stars, Big Star, Cotton Tree Die Hard, No. 68, Edinburgh, Bush Lot New Generation among others. (Samuel Whyte)