Apr 23, 2009 Sports
Western Union Money Transfer and the Rose Hall Town Youth on Tuesday last launched an historic Junior Cricket Ambassadors Programme (JCAP) which will see a number of cricketers being equipped with the necessary tools to reach their maximum potential.
In sharing details of the programme at the launch, Foster, who is the Secretary/CEO of the club, pointed out the aims of the scheme which are to identify young under-15 players who have a bright future; to assist them with gear and educational material; to guide them to become appropriate role models for their peers; to play a part in the restoration of Guyana and West Indies cricket.
The two players who are the first to benefit from the full package are Loyden Lewis a member of the RHTY&SC and Linden Austin of Young Warriors, another Berbice club.
Shawn Pereira also of the RHTY&SC was presented with some equipment while all three players received educational kits valued at $10,000 each.
The support to these players would last until they graduate to the under-19 level and with all things being equal, two more players including Pereira would be added to the JCAP.
The beneficiaries have their end of the bargain to uphold which is to be disciplined at all times; be positive role models to their peers; maintain an end of term pass mark of 50%; a total of 85% attendance at school; must not be involved in social ills that would tarnish the reputation; must remain attached to their present clubs; must promote the Western Union brand; be an ambassador for the company and must be available if needed for promotional activities.
Foster in praising Western Union for their vision and commitment towards the positive development of the youths, said the club is confident that the selected players would grow up to become future stars following in the footsteps of Ramnaresh Sarwan, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Travis Dowlin, the Crandons and the Fudadins.
Speaking directly to the players who were present, Foster said his many years as a cricket administrator has taught him that the only way to success is being disciplined, working hard, listening to advice and having a strong faith in God.
“You have to be committed to the game and you would be rewarded. Do not follow bad company, do not use drugs and always listen to your coaches, teachers and parents. We have given you a pathway to success, the rest is up to you.”
This JCAP came on stream following a promise made by Western Union’s Marketing Manager Natheeah King at the RHTY&SC 18th Annual Awards Ceremony which was held at the JC Chandisingh Secondary School on March 29, 2009.
“Today we have seen our promise being fulfilled and I would like to say to these three youngsters, we have recognised your ability, we vowed to assist and here we have done what we have promised. It is left up to you now to continue in the pathway to achieve your common objective of excelling in the game.”
The total value of the package is $150,000 with Austin and Lewis each receiving one bat, one batting pad & gloves, helmet, one complete cricket suit and bag. Pereira was presented with one bat, pad and gloves. (Franklin Wilson)
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