President of the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) Hilbert Foster last week urged the 43 graduates of the Albion Community Centre Cricket Club’s Annual Academy to work hard every day to uphold the high tradition of the prestigious club.
Noting that the club which was founded over 60 years ago has a very high reputation for producing top class players for Berbice, Guyana and the West Indies, the BCB head encouraged the players to follow in the footsteps of the club’s legends.
Foster spoke at length on the importance of education and pleaded with the attentive players to say in school and obtain a solid foundation. He stated that in today’s modern world, all sportsmen and women are expected to deal with the media, sponsors, agents and the general public.
Natural talent would only take you so far while education would open doors for opportunities off the field as it has for players the likes of Darren Ganga, Ian Bishop, Brian Lara, Michael Holding and Jeffrey Dujon.
Foster also urged the players to develop a culture of hard work, discipline and dedication, respect for the elderly and a love for making a positive difference in the lives of those less fortunate. He pledged the full support of his administration for the development of the game at the junior level and announced that in 2019, the BCB would host tournaments at the Under-13, 15, 17, 19, 21 and 23 levels while numerous developmental programmes are being organised including the Dr. Tulsi Dyal Singh Coaching Programme and Annual Cricket Academy.
Foster, who has worked tirelessly to unite Berbice cricket over the past eighteen months hailed the outstanding leadership of the Albion Cricket Club and made special mention of Vemen Walter, Orvin Mangru and Mr. O. Outar.
Sister clubs in Berbice were urged to follow the footsteps of the Albion Cricket Club and to develop programmes to attract young players to their membership. Foster, on behalf of the Board and the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club MS where he serves as Secretary/CEO handed over trophies, medals, balls, educational materials and scorebooks to the Albion Club.
Additionally, the BCB boss also handed out three special prizes to players of the Academy. Young Berbice Player Damian Cecil who was described as a future West Indies player received a pair of batting pads.
Most Discipline Player, N. Shiwpersaud received two special prizes while the Most Promising Player, Tameshwar Mohamed carried home an educational package and a bicycle. The Club, Foster disclosed would shortly receive more assistance in the form of white shirts, water pitchers and youth information booklets.
The Albion Cricket Club has produced five Test cricketers in Sew Shivnarine, Narsingh Deonarine, Sewnarine Chattergoon, Devendra Bishoo and Veerasammy Permaul.
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