Jan 08, 2016 Sports
302 programmes/activities achieved for Silver Jubilee
The Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club (RHTY&SC) has described 2015 as its most successful year, stating that it was able to make a positive difference in the lives of thousands of youths, the elderly and less fortunate,
fulfilling its mandate.
The club during the years completed a record 302 programmes/activities surpassing the projected 225 it had projected for its Silver Jubilee Anniversary during the year. Founded in 1990 by the St. Francis Community Developers, the club has over the years evolved into Guyana’s leading youth and sports organization with an unmatched list of achievements and activities.
Secretary/CEO Hilbert Foster informed that the activities/programmes were hosted under various sub-headings including sports, charity, education, anti-drugs, anti-suicide, youth development, community development, awards/honour, religious, coaching, social development and funding jobs for youths.
He posited that the success of the club for 2015 was achieved as a result of hard work by the Club’s Management, the support of numerous official sponsors, the club’s remarkable ability to transform vision into reality and for coming up with visionary ideas to touch and change the lives of others.
On the cricket field, a total of ten club members represented Guyana at the National level.
Assad Fudadin and Royston Crandon represented Guyana at the Senior Level while Fudadin also played for the Guyana Amazon Warriors T20 team.
Kevon Anderson and Junior Sinclair played for the National Under-15 team while Sylus Tyndall represented the Under-17 side. At the female level, Shemaine Campbelle, Erva Giddings, Sheneeta Grimmond, Melaine Henry and Plaffinna Millington represented Guyana.
A total of 18 players represented Berbice or played in the Guyana Cricket Board Premier League. Royston Crandon, Assad Fudadin, Rajiv Ivan, Eon Hooper, Shawn Perriera, Clinton Pestana, Keon Sinclair and Jason Sinclair all played in the PCL 50-overs national tournament.
The club’s Metro Female team was also reformed under the captaincy of Shemaine Campbelle while Collis Butts was appointed Coach of the club’s cricket team. The club won the Berbice River Bridge 50-overs first division tournament and has to date reached the finals of the 2015 Busta Champion of Champions, Tenelec 50-overs first-division and the Tenelec Under-15 tournaments.
They also won the club’s organised Farouk Kudrath Memorial Under-17 tournament, Bernadette King/Isabella Smart Memorial Female, Peter Trim Memorial Under-19 and the Assuria Insurance 5-overs Second Division competitions.
The club has also reached the semi-finals of the Raffik Second Division T20 tournament and to date the quarter-finals of the New Building Society 40-overs Second Division. During the year, the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club also organized a total of 12 tournaments at different levels with sponsorship from the Guyana Beverage Company, Assuria Insurance, Bakewell and Ansa McAl among others.
Hosting of the GBTI Inter Secondary School Male and Female tapeball tournament, GTT Inter Primary School Softball and Imran and Daughters Female Softball tournaments were also achieved.
Foster proudly stated that they have organised more cricket tournaments than most cricket boards or associations in Guyana and also hosted numerous cricket development programmes including the TCL Annual Cricket Academy which attracted close to one hundred young players; personal developmental sessions for players and a role model programme which involved junior and senior cricketers of the club.
The RHTY&SC’s involvement in other sports saw them co-sponsoring over 26 tournaments across Berbice in the disciplines of cycling, athletics, basketball, volleyball, hardball and softball cricket, football and chess with donations of close to $1M worth of trophies, medals and prizes.
A total of 32 clubs and NGO’s have also benefitted from the club which donated $1.5M worth of gear and equipment. The long serving Club Secretary/CEO noted that among the major activities brought off last year were the historic Christmas Village, Annual Awards Ceremony, Mother and Father of the Year, Annual Youth Magazine, Ansa McAl Award of Excellence, Basil Butcher Cricket Trust Fund, Gregory Gaskin Memorial, Berbice Sports Award Scheme, Ansa McAl Tribute to Head Teachers, Demerara Spelling Bee, Bank of Nova Scotia Tribute to Teachers, Berbice River Bridge Tribute to Retired Teachers Programme, Leon Wiggins Tribute Football Tournament, Western Union Junior Cricket Programme, Medical Outreach Programme with the New Amsterdam Public Hospital and the distribution of $1M worth of schoolbags to less fortunate students.
The club also joined hands with the Edward B. Beharry Co. Ltd, ‘B’ Division of the Guyana Police Force and the Region 6 Department of Education to host a successful Say No to Drugs, Suicide Crime and Say Yes to Sports and Education Programme.
Under this outreach programme, a massive school march and rally was held for all secondary schools and selected primary schools in Berbice including a thousand students while schools received banners, posters for every classroom and a 40-page information booklet.
Schools also received donations of educational materials; less fortunate students received school uniforms, footwear, schoolbags and materials to attend school, while cricket clubs and schools also received cricket balls and sport equipment. Donations were also made to the Rose Hall Town Police Outpost as part of the Say No to Drugs Programme.
The RHTY&SC during the month of September also played a major role in the 45th anniversary celebration of Rose Hall Town achieving the status of township. A total of fifteen major activities were organized including the construction of a billboard, public exhibition, medical outreach, publication of an anniversary brochure, evening of music with the Guyana Defence Force and several sporting tournaments for cricket, football and basketball for residents.
October was specially named the Month of the Silver Jubilee and among the thirty major programmes hosted were the Tribute to Heroes and Tribute to Outstanding Cricketers events.
His Excellency President Granger, Minister of Sports Nicolette Henry and Director of Sports Christopher Jones were also inducted as Honorary members while the club also unveiled its highest ever award – the Dolphin Award of Excellence which to date has been presented to Robert Selman, Ravi Mangar, President David Granger and Jennifer Cipriani.
Under their charity programme, the club was able to distribute over $10M worth of clothing, footwear and food items to less fortunate families, while under the pro-education outreach programme a total of 23 educational competitions were hosted, including debates, essays, posters, public speaking, etc.
In December 2015, the RHTY&SC completed its Silver Jubilee year by hosting a multi-million Christmas Charity Programme. The club also donated $100,000 worth of score books to the Berbice Cricket Board and also played a major role in acquiring assistance from the National Sports Commission and the Ministry of Sports.
With such a remarkable year of success in 2015, the RHTY&SC is targeting a projected 300 programmes/activities this year. President David Granger would be inducted as the club’s fifth Honorary Patron replacing Ms. Beverly Harper whose five year term ended on the 31st of December, last.
Major plans includes the restoration of the club’s Area ‘H’ ground Head Office, the construction of an outdoor cricket practice facility, expansion of the junior cricketers coaching programme, hosting of at least 20 major cricket tournaments at the Under-13, 15, 17, female, second division and first division levels and the construction of a recreational park for children.
The club’s Say No to Drugs, Crime and Suicide Programme would also be expanded. The RHTYSC is also involved in major discussion with a CARICOM Government to have a former West Indies batting maestro visit Guyana for three days in February and will also focus energies on the Annual Children Mash Costume Parade, the hosting of a Rose Hall Night and Berbice Fashion Designers Competition.
Thanks is being extended by the club to all media houses in Guyana who assisted in the promotion of its work including NCN, Kaieteur News, Gem Magazine, Guyana Chronicle, Guyana Times, TVG, DTV-8, LRTVS CH10.
Recognition was also extended to the Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of the Presidency, Ministry of Education, Gizmos and Gadgets, Farfan and Mendes, Bakewell, Metro Office Supplies, Sterling Products, Guyana Beverage Inc., DDL/Pepsi, Republic Bank, GBTI, New GPC Inc., Ansa McAl, Goodwood Racing Service, TCL, Sentinel Security, National Sports Commission, DeSinco Trading, Edward B. Beharry & Co. Ltd, GTM Insurance, Assuria Insurance, John Fernandes Ltd., Mings Products & Services, Western Union, Fitness Express, P&P Insurance Brokers, Bank of Nova Scotia, Demerara Bank, HA Snacks Co. Ltd, NAMILCO, DTV-8, Trophy Stall, Tiger Sports, Food for the Poor, Len’s Craft Optical, Modern Optical Service, CCI, GTT, Sueria, Southland International, Bounty Farm Ltd., Ricks & Sari Ltd, Khanai’s Electrical, The Gift Centre, GCB, BCB, Mortimer George, Leslaine Lambert, Calcutta C.C. of Trinidad and Mr. Prem of Canada, among others.
For 2016, the club would be headed by Keith Foster as President, Hilbert Foster (Secretary/CEO), Shemaine Campbelle (Treasurer), Franklyn Ross (Assistant Secretary/Treasurer), Keith Hicks (Organising Secretary), Ravindranauth Kissoonlall (Assistant Organising Secretary), Collis Butts (Cricket Coordinator/Coach) and Julian Pike (Office Manager).
The Committee Members are Mark Papannah, Terry Pike, Sohan Harry, Elizabeth Brusch and Neville Beaton in his capacity as Chairman of the club’s Over-35 section. Shawn Perriera remains Club Captain for the first division; James Fraser heads the Bakewell second division team, Chanderpaul Govinda leads the Farfan and Mendes Under-15s, Kevlon Anderson is at the helm of the Bakewell Under-17s; Brandon Prashad leads the Pepsi Under-19 and Gizmos and Gadgets Under-21 sides while Shazam Khan will guide the Under-13 team.
West Indies player Shemaine Campbelle will captain the Metro Female team. A special Cricket Development Committee headed by Foster will spearhead the club’s cricket programmes. Other members of this committee include Collis Butts, Keith Hicks, Ravin Kissoonlall, Shemaine Campbelle, Erva Giddings, Shawn Perriera and Mark Papannah.
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