Sep 29, 2022 Sports
– Foster unveils plans for youths at senior level
Kaieteur News – The National Milling Company of Guyana last week renewed their cricket sponsorship of the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club during a simple presentation ceremony at the company Agricola Head Office. The company support would cover sponsorship of the club’s under21 and first division teams for the next twelve months.
RHTYSC Secretary Hilbert Foster stated that the company first sponsored the two teams in 2019 and over the last three years, both teams have excelled on and off the cricket field. The teams have won several major cricket tournaments including the Busta Champion of Champions, Stag Beer 50 overs, Elizabeth Styles under21 and Ivan Madray20/20 tournaments. Foster also informed Namilco management that the teams have produced several outstanding players including Kelvon Anderson, Junior Sinclair, Clinton Pestano, Kevin Sinclair, Jonathan Rampersaud, Shemaine Campbelle, Sheneta Grimmond, Shabika Gajnabi, Jermey Sandia, Mahendra Gopilall, Sohail Mohamed and Ramzan Koobir who all played for Guyana or the West Indies over the last twelve months.
Junior and Kevin Sinclair played in the 2022 CPL tournament while Kevin and Pestano played for Guyana at the first class level. Anderson, a former West Indies under19 player was unlucky not to gain selection to the national senior team but gained selection to the West Indies Emerging Players Academy.
Foster disclosed that in 2022, the RHTYSC produced four players on the national under19 female team, six on the national senior female, two on the national senior male, two in the CPL, two for the national under15 male and three for the national under19 male team. A hand injury prevented Matthew Pottaya, the opportunity to play for the national under17 team.
Off the cricket field, the two teams together hosted over fifty personal development projects including the construction of two homes for friends of the club, annual cricket camp, annual summer camp, covid 19 hamper programme, scorebook programme, medical outreach, Basil Butcher Trust Fund, distribution of school bags and educational school grants.
The teams over the last twelve months assisted dozens of youths with bicycles, cricket gear and electronic tablets as part of their Say Yes to Sports and Education programme. Members of the teams would also be involved in promotional work for their sponsor during the upcoming Berbice Expo at the Albion Ground from the 14th of October.
Foster also disclosed, that with some of the club’s most senior veteran passing the age of thirty five years, a decision was made to invest in the younger players like Sandia, Pottaya, Rampersaud, Gopilall, Romesh Bharrat and Ramzan Koobir . This would be done despite the fact that it might affect performances on the field. The long serving club official stated that the immediate goal is not to win tournaments but to mould a powerful team for the future. He stated that the RHTYSC, MS have won over one hundred tournaments over the last thirty years and silverware are not the main objectives but rather producing a team for the future. Players like the Sinclairs, Anderson, Slyus Tyndall, Keith Simpson, Eon Hooper and Clinton Pestano shall provide the leadership to the younger generation as part of the rebuilding process.
Both Namilco Managing Director Bert Sukhai and Financial Controller Fitzroy McLeod both hailed the outstanding work of the RHTYSC and the way the two teams have represented the company brand. McLeod hailed Foster for his visionary leadership of the club and stated that Namilco was very pleased to be associated with a club that fulfills all of its commitments under the sponsorship. He also stated that he was very impressed with the teams winning ways and the amount of outstanding players being produced.
As part of the sponsorship, the company also handed over thirty pairs of coloured uniforms to the club along with a cheque to cover the cost of transportation, meals/snacks, balls, gear and practice sessions. Kelvon Anderson would captain the first division team, while Jonathan Rampersaud would lead the under21 team.
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