School’s out and the August holidays are once again upon us. Many parents opt to take their children to Vacation Bible School or in some cases, arrange extra-curricular lessons to productively utilize the long period away from school.
Indeed, the tradition continues when residents of Enterprise on the East Coast Demerara commenced a five day cricket academy at their Community Centre Ground, under the auspices of the National Sports Commission (NSC) and the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCY&S), yesterday morning.
Activities got underway at just around 10:0-0hrs and will conclude on Friday 27 next. At the opening ceremony, Director of Youth and Sports, Neil Kumar joined two of the facilitators, Latchman Yadram and Daniel Richmond to deliver brief remarks and declare the function open. He stressed the importance of discipline and urged the participants to stick within such parameters.
Mr. Kumar also pointed out the benefits of reading and urged the students to dedicate at least half hour each day poring through books. “Reading broadens one’s perspectives and facilitates development of the mind,” said Mr. Kumar. He also stressed the importance of hygiene.
The Director of Sports said that he was heartened by the number of females that were attracted to the programme and made an on the spot commitment to donate several pieces of cricket gear specifically for the females.
Meanwhile, facilitator, Latchman Yadram intimated that the programme was organized with the holistic development of the participants in mind. Up to yesterday morning 56 persons had registered for the programme and according to Mr. Yadram, several facilitators will lecture the students on topics like the HIV virus and its negative effects. Participants will also be briefed on preventative measures and wholesome sexual conduct.
Additionally, students will be taught the intricacies of the sport, road safety, food and nutrition and etiquette among others. Activities will take the form of indoor and outdoor activities and organizers have planned a cricket match, dividing the players into two teams, on the final day.
Several other facilitators will support the aforementioned duo including officials within the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport, Gervy C. Harry, who will lecture on the benefits of a solid food and nutrition programme.
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