Trinidad Cement Limited (TCL) for the third consecutive year has thrown their support behind the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club (RHTYSC) Annual Cricket Academy which is set to run from July 14-26 at the Area ‘H’ ground.
Yesterday at the company’s location in Lombard Street, Georgetown, Plant Manager Mark Bender presented a cheque for $200,000 to Secretary/CEO of the club, Hilbert Foster for the venture.
Speaking at the simple ceremony, Foster said that since the formation of the RHTY&SC, they always believe that proper preparation is the best path to success and as such they have always worked hard to be fully prepared.
He added that with some of the present crop of senior players approaching the age of thirty, it is very important that they work over time to quickly develop the next generation of players if they are to uphold the proud tradition of being one of the top cricket clubs in Guyana.
Among the players that came out of the academy which began fifteen years ago are Royston and Esaun Crandon, Assad and Abdel Fudadin, Shawn Pereira, Shemaine Campbelle, Erva Giddings, Plaffina Millington, Akshay Homraj, Dominic Rikhi, Brandon Prashad and Khemraj Mahadeo. Foster indicated that over that period of time they have won three national cricket titles (two male and one female), four Guyana Cricket Board Club of the Year awards and over 30 Berbice championships at all levels.
The Academy will cater for 80-100 youths between the ages of 8-18 years-old with the coaches being Winston Smith and Delbert Hicks. Apart from the basics of batting, bowling, fielding, wicket keeping and physical fitness; participants will also be exposed to lectures on topics including the history of cricket, drug abuse, peer pressure, the importance of discipline and the role of sports ambassadors.
Foster stated that they are confident that the youths will not only be better cricketers, but would understand what it takes to be successful on and off the field adding that last year’s academy produced a total of fourteen cricketers for Berbice at the junior level and it is their aspiration to continue along a similar path.
He reassured TCL that the academy will be successful and thanked the management especially Bender and Sales and Marketing representative Eric Whaul for their continued backing. In a brief remark Bender said he is overwhelmed that the academy is designed to produce rounded individuals which is the main reason they are on board.
“It is important to keep the youths meaningfully occupied and to encourage them to play a vital role in society. This venture will always attract TCL and we look forward to the academy producing outstanding cricketers, we are happy to be part of it”, he added.
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