By Zaheer Mohamed
The Scotiabank Kiddy cricket Programme started in 1999 with the aim of utilizing this platform to rekindle the game in the West Indies. Undoubtedly, the West Indies share a proud history in the cricketing world and Scotiabank has been pleased to be associated with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) in this most significant, purposeful and meaningful way.
Yesterday at Thirst Park another WICB/Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) and Scotiabank kiddy camp was launched. The camp is being conducted in the three counties for the successful schools from the Scotiabank tournament which was played earlier in the year. The Essequibo leg is being conducted at Imam Bacchus ground and the Berbice clinic will commence from August 26 at Albion.
Territorial Development Officer of the GCB Colin Stuart said that the camp is designed to impart the basic knowledge of the game to the youths. He urged the students to make full use of the camp and take the game seriously.
Manager of the Scotiabank Robb Street branch Brian Hackett stated that the bank is happy to assist to impart cricket knowledge to beginners. “This programme is geared towards developing children’s interest in the game at an early age, thereby helping them to become well rounded students, and to benefit from other personal development initiatives that come with their involvement,” he added.
Hackett pointed out that their personal development attributes include building motor skills, enhancement of self esteem, heightening of discipline, value of commitment, worth of determination, goal orientation and team work regardless of religion, race, ethnicity and status.
The manager explained that since its inauguration in 2001, Kiddy cricket has made noteworthy progress, being played in at least 13 territories in the Caribbean. “Such an intervention has enabled the participation of more than eleven hundred schools, with an involvement of sixty five thousand students,” he informed.
“While Scotiabank is a global entity, we believe in building relationships locally and supporting the communities where we live and work. This is why we continue to be such a strong supporter of West Indies Cricket. As you can see our commitment goes beyond just distributing cricket equipment or organizing a competition. It also involves education and positively shaping the young minds while at the same time laying a foundation for the future of cricket in Guyana and the West Indies,” he concluded.
Assistant Chief Education Officer of Ministry of Education Marcel Hutson stated that the camp is a perfect opportunity to discover young talent. He urged the youth to make full use of the opportunities.
Director of Sport Neil Kumar congratulated the WICB and GCB for the venture and noted the importance of the exposure. He told the students that they are fortunate to be exposed to the game at a young age and insisted that they should take their education seriously since apart from being cricketers they can become coaches, umpires, journalists and scorers. He made mention of Guyana’s success in the recent Regional U-15 and U-19 tournaments and said he looks forward to working for the further development of the youth.
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