Children being prepared for future as Gavin Nedd facilitates cricket summer programme
The belief that the youths are integral to tomorrow’s future is beginning to take traction and local sports administrators are beginning to walk the walk as they are talking the talk by implementing programmes that prepare these youths for the takeover.
One only needs to take a walk at the Demerara Cricket Club Ground, Queenstown, at around 09:00hrs weekdays to find the requisite proof of youth development at work. Indeed, more than 90 youths, all aspiring cricketers, are engaged in sessions that teach the basics of the sport. Former Guyana pace bowler, Gavin Nedd, is conducting
the sessions and he said that he is pleased with the progress of the youngsters. He explained that sessions are split into two parts with youths below the age of 13 being tutored in the morning sessions between 09:00hrs -12:00hrs. Those aspiring cricketers between the ages of 15-19 are accommodated from 13:00-15:00hrs.
Activities are conducted at the Clubhouse, Lance Gibbs Street, Queenstown and Mr. Nedd said that the summer programme has commenced some years ago and has proven to be very beneficial to the youngsters interested in honing their skills in the sport. He said that several players that had represented this country at various levels had emerged out of the programme including Renaldo Renee, Asmead Nedd and Dexter George. He said that this is what encourages him to continue working with young people and he intends to continue in that vein for years to come. “Some of the guys are preparing for the impending Georgetown Cricket Association U-19 tournament but the inclement weather has caused a delay,” said Mr. Nedd. He said that while the youngsters are awaiting the start of this tournament, the summer camp is being used for practice sessions as well as to keep themselves sharp.
Activities commenced last Monday, August 5 and will conclude this Friday, August 16. Participants will also receive certificates at the end of the programme.