By Zaheer Mohamed
The Cricket West Indies (CWI) Level One coaching course commenced yesterday at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence with a number of past and present players participating. The sessions are being conducted by Trinidadian Kumar Rampat and local Territorial Development officer, former Guyana and West Indies fast bowler, Colin Stuart.
Participants are being tutored on all aspects of the game which includes theory and practical. Speaking with Kaieteur Sport yesterday, Rampat said he is satisfied with the response from the Guyanese.
“I think it’s very motivating as a coach, to see players like Ramnaresh Sarwan, Travis Dowlin, Steven Jacobs and Vishaul Singh, these players who have made a name in the sport coming out here and try to qualify themselves to work with the youngsters in the country. This augurs well for Guyana’s cricket,” he added.
Rampat explained that this course can also help to improve the performance of the current players. “It will be their personal value of what has been done; we have had feedback in several instances where national players who would have done the course, saw the value of what was thought. As a matter of fact, I can quote former West Indies player Larry Gomes, who said after completing the level one course, that if he knew this he would have made a lot more runs. A lot of cricketers have attested to the course enhancing their performances.”
Rampat stated that this course will help to improve the standard of the game here from the grassroots level. “When Bal
dat Mahabir and I took over the reins of coaching in Trinidad, the first thing we decided to do was to enhance the coaches and when you do that you enhance the quality of coaching and that is when children will benefit most.”
He added that the participants here have an open mind and are willing to learn, and more such courses should be done throughout the Caribbean. Coaches are required to adapt to the recommended coaching methodology and Stuart indicated that the level one coaches are expected to target clubs so that the recommended information can be handed down to the players.
“One of the aims is to create an atmosphere that would help players to consistently perform to the best of their ability in various circumstances,” he said. St. Maarten Development Officer, Kerr Saunders who has journeyed to Guyana to undertake the course said he is happy to be part of it.
“Getting certified is very important and I have already learned a lot. It is very important as coaches, that we transfer this knowledge to the youths so that their techniques can be further developed,” he posited.
“Undertaking this course will put me in a better position to execute the different tasks as a development officer so this certificate is important,” pointed out Saunders, who was born in Guyana.
It is also expected that the knowledge acquired can be conveyed to students in schools from time to time. Among others taking part in the programme are Anil Persaud, Jitlal Jowharilall, Anthony D’ Andrarde, Dhanpaul, Jermaine Neblett, Debra Daniels, Kavita Yadram, Leon Johnson, Veerasammy Permaul, Akshaya Persaud, Anthony Adams, Subrina Munroe, Clive Grimmond, Ryan Hercules and Kumar Bishundial.
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