“Become the standard bearer for other community centres”
Guyana Times article.
Georgetown, Guyana - “We have to constantly lift the bar and move it to higher standards. Enmore can become the standard bearer for community centres, because the Those were the words of Sport Minister, Dr Frank Anthony as he delivered feature remarks on Saturday when the recently resuscitated Enmore Community Centre Cricket Club (ECCCC) hosted its first annual awards and presentation ceremony in the club’s auditorium.
Under the motto “Discipline is the pillar of success”, the club was re-launched in March last year and the minister expressed his delight at the progress made thus far by the bunch of executives, led by Chairman Taajnauth Jadunauth.
Dr Anthony was particularly impressed by the pace at which the club was able to implement various plans, including expanding beyond cricket to include disciplines such as athletics, volleyball, karate, domino and table tennis, all of which fall under the ambit of the Enmore Community Centre Council.
Making reference to comments made by senior executives of the club prior to him taking to the podium, the minister encouraged members of the club to remain steadfast in the face of criticisms that have been thrown at them.
“Don’t allow the criticisms to deter you, but encourage you to move on,” he said.
Dr Anthony said he was pleased that the club was focussed on developing the youth population of the East Coast Demerara community by providing avenues for them to exert their energies.
He noted that communities must guard against youths turning to anti-social behaviours, such as the use of drugs and the consumption of alcohol.
The minister, who also has responsibility for Youth and Culture, also urged the older folks in the community to be cognisant of their health, suggesting that they exercise for 30 minutes per day as he warned them against contracting chronic non-communicable diseases.
Dr Anthony also uged the ECCCC executives to introduce the game of chess at the club, pledging his ministry’s support in providing chess boards and pieces.
Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) Secretary Anand Sanasie, who also attended the ceremony, said he has been following the club’s progress closely over the last 10 months, noting that significant strides have been made.
The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) director made a commitment to offer any support the GCB can offer, adding that the executives of the ECCCC have done well to promote not just cricket, but other disciplines since resuscitation.
Sanasie also called on administrators on the East Coast of Demerara to ensure more cricket is being played regularly, as he announced that the GCB has plans to expand the Chetram Singh Centre of Excellence, located at La Bonne Intention.
Chairman of the ECCCC Taajnauth Jadunauth, in giving a review of the past year, lauded his executives, calling them “tough men”, who were able to effeciently execute the mandate of the club.
Jadunauth related that the club was able to carry out its functions through partnerships with individuals, businesses and organisations, as well as the hosting of fundraisers.
Among the major achievements, the Chairman noted, were infrastructural works to the commentary booth, fence, ticket booth and a pavillion, hosting of two workshops conducted by umpire Daveteerth Anandjit and former West Indies Vice-captain and coach, Roger Harper, the staging of a fundraising bar-b-que and the inaugural GT&T 35-over cricket competition, which was incidentally won by the ECCCC.
In revealing plans for 2014, Jadunauth said the club will continue its development drive by sourcing three practice nets, develop a project for female members of the club and construct an indoor practice facility.
The chairman also reported that the club’s finances are in order, even as he reiterated the need for more committed members and supportive parents.
“Let’s make this club the envy of others,” Jadunauth concluded.
Vice-chairman of the ECCCC Shameer Shahib called on young persons in the area to take advantage of the support systems being created in the community to dissuade them from becoming delinquent.
He also urged the senior members of the society to grab the opportunity and try to make a difference in the lives of youths since they are the future leaders.
Chairman of the Enmore Community Centre Council Desmond Mohamed said the establishment of a council, with support from the Sport Ministry and the Neighbourhood Democratic Council, was “a dream come true.”
He said several plans are in the pipeline, among them the establishment of a state-of-the-art gymnasium, a library and an internet café. Mohamed noted that apart from fundraisers, the council will be seeking assistance from the Sport Ministry, the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) and the diaspora.
Club captain Bheemraj Ramkellawan said that at a time when cricket on the East Coast has hit an “all-time low”, the ECCCC has been able to produce three teams in the space of 10 months.
“What we have done is create an atmosphere for youngsters to spend quality time after school,” Ramkellawan said, as he expressed gratitude to all those who supported their activities in 2013.
Trophies were presented to the top cricketers of the year. They included Nicholas Ramsarran (Most Discipline Youth Player), Suresh Jainarine (Most Committed Member), Gavin Moriah (Most Promising Player), Vishwanauth Ramlakhan (Most runs at the Under-19 level- 347), Satesh Jainarine (Most wickets at the Under-19 level and Most Improved Cricketer), David Mahase (Best bowling figures at the Under-19 level- 6-18), Anil Persaud (Best bowling figures in softball- 5-11), Chaitram Ramlall (Most wickets in softball), Bheemraj Ramkellawan (Most runs for the senior team and the softball team), Nandram Ganesh (Most wickets for the senior team- 16), Amir Khan (Best all-rounder), Tagenarine Chanderpaul (Most outstanding batting performance- 125*) and Yuvraj Paul Dyal (Most consistent player).
Corporate plaques were given to GT&T and Banks DIH Limited, while several junior members were given medals for their contributions to the club’s activities.
All members of the ECCCC team that won the GT&T 35-over competition were also presented with medals, while Deolall Rajkumar, Zaheed Mohamed, Usha Amin, Chandanee Ganesh, Sheik Mohamed, Rameshwar Dookoo, Avenash Ramzan, Roger Harper and Daveteerth Anandjit were recipients of Certificates of Appreciation for consistent contributions to the ECCCC activities.