Former National and Berbice player Michael Hyles-Franco has been appointed head coach of the Upper Corentyne Cricket Association (UCCA).
Hyles- Franco is a fully qualified coach with training in the Caribbean and other parts of the world. He is also a former national coach and selector and is domiciled in the Upper Corentyne area. He was appointed by the association to oversee the overall development of the game in the area.
According to an executive of the UCCA, Hyles, a veteran and one of the most senior qualified coaches in Guyana, will be a tremendous asset to cricket development in the area. The experienced coach has already started his work and also met recently with the UCCA and is in the process of compiling a comprehensive programme for the development of cricket in the area.
The recently reformed UCCA has also released a review of its activities for the foregoing year which they deemed as highly successful. However the association, which is one of three in the area, is looking forward for an even better year in 2014.
During the foregoing year the UCCA organized a number of competitions, some of which were completed and some still ongoing. Among the competitions were –the Mohabir Baljeet Sukhpaul’s Memorial trophy 20/20 competition, Hotel Riverton Suites U-19 50 over, City inn/ Inter City Taxi 10/10 tapeball Inter Primary School Competition. The Price is Right Supermarket 40-Over second division competition, which is featuring some 28 teams, is still ongoing and is at the quarterfinal stage.
The UCCA is optimistic that all the sponsors will renew their sponsorship for the year 2014.
So far, Hotel Riverton Suites has confirmed their deal with a three year sponsorship for U19 cricket. The board has also already secured sponsorship from Ms. Parbattie Jaggai for the playing off of an Inter Secondary School Competition for Schools on the Upper Corentyne, while a 20/20 Inter Club Cricket competition is also to begin soon.
The board is also very keen on promoting lots of youth cricket 2014.
The UCCA would like to take the opportunity to thank all of its sponsors for their timely support during 2013 and look forward for their renewed and unstinted support for 2014 and the coming years.
During the year, 17 clubs were financially affiliated to the UCCA out of a possible 28 and the executives are hoping that during 2014 all 28 active clubs will be affiliated, while looking to organise and or resuscitate a few more.
Treasurer Vicky Bharosay stated that assistance were given to some clubs to have their grounds in order during 2013 and is certain that during 2014 the board will be in a better position to assist some more.
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