The Berbice Cricket Board/Special Events Committee (SEC) launched its 2010 Calendar of Activities on Sunday last with the unveiling of a historic programme which would see senior cricketers serving as Mentors and Role Models to Under-15 and 17 players across the Ancient County.
The programme titled “The Berbice Cricket Mentor and Role Model Guidance Programme” was launched with 15 senior cricketers inducted to serve as mentors to young cricketers identified by the Berbice Cricket Board Junior Selection Committee as promising stars of the future.
Board Public Relations Officer and SEC Chairman Hilbert Foster at the launching noted that the aim of the programme is to get the senior cricketers actively involved in the development of future stars for the County.
The goal of the Board he said is to dominate cricket in Guyana at all levels for the next couple of decades. The senior cricketers would be expected to offer cricketing advice to the youths, make sure that they attend practice regularly, work with them to correct technical faults, make sure that they stay in school and obtain an education, advise them on social ills that could affect their personal life and in general be a big brother to them in their cricketing development.
The long serving Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club secretary/CEO challenged the senior players to commit themselves to the Mentor Programme as its success was crucial to the continued success of Berbice cricket.
Foster also called on the young cricketers to listen to advice, to work hard with their mentors to improve the game and to be role models to their peers on the field.
Board President Keith Foster hailed the initiative as another in a long list of off the field programmes geared towards producing not only good cricketers but proper sports’ ambassadors for Berbice and Guyana.
Treasurer of the Berbice Cricket Board Anil Beharry, who inducted the senior players as mentors, called on them to lead by example and also urged them to use the programme to improve themselves as they can also learn a lot from working with the younger cricketers.
Berbice senior Captain Assad Fudadin speaking on behalf of the mentors pledged that they will fulfill their mandate of guiding and developing the young cricketers so that the future of Berbice cricket would be successful.
Fudadin praised the Berbice Cricket Board for coming up with the idea, noting that the senior cricketers were delighted to play roles in the development of the game.
The list of mentors and young cricketers would be increased during the course of 2010 as the Board evaluates the progress and success of the programme.
The fifteen pairs of mentors and young cricketers are Assad Fudadin/Dominic Rickey, Narsingh Deonarine/Andy Mohan, Sewnarine Chattergoon/Rajendra Dasrat, Veerasammy Permaul/Gudakesh Motie Kanhai, Devendra Bishu/Sachin Dhaniram, Esaun Crandon/Loyden Lewis, Delbert Hicks/Nicholas Cameron, Stephen Latcha/Shailendra Shameer, Rajiv Ivan/Arif Chan, Brendon Bess/Parmanand Ramdhan, Arthley Bailey/Lalchand Ramoo, Richard Ramdeen/Shimron Hetmyer, Anthony Bramble/Akeem Bowling, Royston Crandon/Shawn Perreira, Eugene La Fleur/Akeem Hinds.
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