The Albion Community Centre Cricket Club (ACCCC) successfully held their annual cricket Academy from Monday July 8 to Saturday July 13, 2019. The academy which was held at the Albion Community Development Center saw 43 youths between the ages of 8 to 18 years participating. Sessions were held from 08:00 hours to 16:15 hrs daily.
The main objective of the academy was to expose young cricketers to the basic fundamentals of the game.
The academy was financed by West Indies test cricketer Devendra Bishoo, who has been doing so for a number of years.
The Berbice Cricket Board under President Hilbert Foster also assisted with generous donations including a quantity of trophies, medals, information booklets and learning aids, cricket balls and a bicycle.
The participants were tutored in both theoretical and practical sessions, including the basics of bowling, fielding, catching, batting, wicketkeeping and general physical fitness. They were also exposed to sessions in the importance of education, basic Mathematics and English, the importance of Physical fitness, a cricketer as an ambassador, discipline, motivation, etiquette and social grace, safety tips, first aid, substance abuse, public speaking and communication, the laws of cricket, leadership and captaincy, among others.
Awards were presented as follows – most discipline participant – Shiv Harripersaud, most promising – Tameshwar Mahadeo, most promising spin bowler – Kumar Deopershad, most promising fast bowler – Shiv Harrypersaud, most promising batsman – Ari – Afrizal Kadir, most promising wicketkeeper – Damion Cecil, most promising fieldsman – Nicholas Leps, best overall attendance and punctuality – Pavendra Ganesh and the student that participated the most – Timothy Brigbhukan.
Some of the facilitators and coaches included Orvin Mangru, Angela Haniff, Veerasammy Permaul, Gudakesh Motie, Bishoo and Anthony Bramble among others.
The ACCCC was launched over five decades ago with the mission to produce vibrant and well-rounded cricketers.
The ACCCC over the years has produced a number of players for the West Indies including Sew Shivnarine, Sewnarine Chatergoon, Narasingh Deonarine, Bishoo and Permaul.
Others such as Sudesh Dhaniram, Leslain Lambert, Bramble, Motie and Johnathan Foo have worn national colours. (Samuel Whyte)
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