Oct 13, 2020 Sports
Holds successful meeting with Executive
Minister of Youth, Culture and Sports Charles Ramson on Friday last joined President of the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) Hilbert Foster to officially launch the Board’s Brian Ramphal School Bags Project for young cricketers in the Ancient County.
Ramson was as the time meeting with the Executive of Guyana’s most vibrant and progressive Cricket Board as part of his outreach programme. The school bag project is an annual one by the BCB and falls under its Educational Assistance Project.
Dozens of young players who attends Primary and Secondary School would receive schoolbags and other educational materials from the programme which in 2020 has support from overseas based Guyanese businessman Brian Ramphal and the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club.
Minister Ramson handed over bags to six Under-15 players from the RHTY&SC, Albion and Rose Hall Canje Cricket Clubs.
He urged the players to take care of the bags and also to place special emphasis on the importance of education. Foster, who is also the Secretary/CEO of the RHTY&SC stated that 100 cricketers would receive school bags as the BCB strongly believes in the value of education. Only last week, the board handed out financial to six cricketers who excelled at the 2020 CSEC under the Adana Homes Educational Scheme.
He committed the BCB to investing in the educational career of every cricketer and noted that clubs and cricketers have received over $10M in cricket balls, stumps, gear, bicycles, uniforms, educational materials, water pitchers and scorebooks among others since his election to the Presidency in February 2018.
He expressed gratitude to Brian Ramphal and the RHTY&SC for their continued investment in the development of Berbice cricket. Meanwhile, the Minister and Mr. Kashif Muhammad met with the BCB Executive led by Foster in a very fruitful meeting in the board room of the Albion Sports Complex.
Other BCB Executive members in attendance were Albert Smith, Robby Saywack, Angela Haniff, Ameer Rahaman, Dr. Cecil Beharry, Rovin Bahadur, Simon Naidu and Mr. Edwards.
The Minster used the opportunity to bring the BCB top brass up to date with the current status of the Cricket Bill Act whilst praising the outstanding work of the Board.
Foster informed the Minister about the ongoing efforts of his administration and also the work over the last two years. The current Executive inherited a Board with no funds, no proper tournaments held for years, no developmental programme in place while the game was slowly falling apart at the grassroots level.
Two years later, the BCB has raised over $30M in cash and kind, organised over sixty tournaments at all levels, implemented dozens of developmental programmes and assisted clubs as never before.
The Minister committed to assisting the BCB with funds for some tournaments, coaches and to look into possible ways of assisting with grass cutters. It was also disclosed that an Indoor Practice Center would be constructed as part of the Albion Stadium .The BCB submitted a list of grounds to Minister Ramson for possible upgrading by the Government.
The grounds include Paradise, Bush Lot, Bath, Lovely Lass, Blairmont, Guymine, Sisters, Hampshire, Fyrish, No. 19, Kilcoy and Skeldon. The Minister was also informed of four motions passed at the BCB Annual General Meeting and for their inclusion in the Cricket Bill. Foster at the end of the meeting expressed gratitude to the Minister for his cooperation and pledged to uphold the high standards the BCB has set itself.
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