“The Berbice Cricket Board under my Presidency would spare no expenses, to make sure that our players are well looked after and I would like to reassure that the Board would always be on friendly terms with our Players as you are the reason we exist.”
Those were the reassuring words of President of the Berbice Cricket Board’s Hilbert Foster at a simple presentation of financial stipends to the six Berbicians selected on the National Under-19 Team and Coach Julian Moore.
The Berbice Cricket Board handed over a combined US$350 to the seven Berbicians under a scheme which was launched earlier this year, to provide stipends to every Berbician selected on a Berbice Team at the Junior and Female level.
The Berbice Cricket Board had earlier provided stipends at the Under-15, Under-17, Under-19 Female, Female Senior and now Under-19 Male.
The combined package of financial stipends for the year is worth US$2,000 with most of it coming from the Berbice Cricket Board and some from sponsorship.
The hardworking President proudly announced that Berbice was the only county Board that provides stipends for its player and this would continue as long as he remains at the helm of Berbice Cricket.
He stated that he has gone out of his way to make sure that every player feels a part of Berbice Cricket and most importantly is given equal opportunity to excel.
The Berbice Cricket Board has unveiled a comprehensive development campaign for its youth cricketers. Among the programmes in the Campaign are Training of Coaches, Dr. Tulsi Dyal Singh Coaching programme, Coaching Clinics, Educational Posters, Cricket Academy and Elite Training Sessions.
The Berbice Cricket Board has also worked very hard to assist Clubs with cricket balls and has implemented a series of other programmes like Inter-county Caps, Inter-county MVP, Inter-county Man of the Match in an effort to encourage better performances from its players.
Special effort is currently being made to assist all First Division Clubs by the end of 2018 with Coaching kits, so that they can have full time coaches to work with their players.
The six players receiving the financial stipends were Kevlon Anderson, Kevin Sinclair and Junior Sinclair of the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club, Alex Algoo of Young Warriors Cricket Club, Javed Karim of Blairmont and Kevin Umroa of Albion Cricket Club.
Coach Julian Moore is the seventh Berbician that would be a part of the Guyana Team seeking to defend both three days and 50-overs titles that they won last year.
Each of the players expressed gratitude to the Berbice Cricket Board for the stipends and the role the Berbice Cricket Board is playing in their careers.
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