BCB Special Events Committee 2014 Programme would be unmatched in the C’bean – Chairman
Kaieteur News article.
Georgetown, Guyana - The Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) Special Events Committee since its formation in March 2008 completed over 600 programmes/activities up to June, 2013 when it became dormant after the resignation of its Chairman, Hilbert Foster due to illness.
There was a lull in activity but after the Special Events Committee was resuscitated in December last, several programmes/activities have already commenced.
Re-appointed Chairman, Hilbert Foster has disclosed that 2014 would be an exciting year for Berbice Cricket as the work of the Special Events Committee would be unmatched by any other in the entire Caribbean. The Special Events Committee has committed itself to raising funds for seventeen (17) cricket tournaments for the Ancient County at the Under-15, 17, 19, Female, School, Second Division, Intermediate and First Division levels.
These include Inter Zone tournaments at all the junior levels while special efforts would be made to obtain sponsorship for a three-day first division tournament in an effort to get the young players experiencing the longer version of the game.
The Berbice Under-21 cricket team would also be playing several matches across the country.
Special emphasis would be placed on coaching with the unveiling of a coaching programme to be sponsored by Elizabeth Styles.
Various clinics would be organised for batsmen, fast bowlers, spinners and wicket keepers and these would be conducted by the most experienced coaches in Berbice. Clinics would also be arranged in each of the four Zones while educational posters and booklets would be printed and distributed.
The Annual Bank of Nova Scotia Cricket Academy would be held in July/August while Junior and Elite Training Programmes would once again be held. Former West Indies vice captain and Coach Roger Harper would also be approached to work along with several Berbice players including Devendra Bishoo and Brendon Bess while a refresher course would also be organised for all cricket coaches in Berbice.
The BCB would also be hosting a monthly Television Programme in an effort to inform the general public of its activities. Clubs in Berbice would also receive donations of coaching kits to assist them in their development programme.
Off the field of play, the BCB would be involved in numerous programmes/projects in their continuing efforts to develop the game while making sure that every hero is recognised and honoured.
Among the numerous programmes that would be organised are the BCB Educational Awards Scheme, First Aid Seminar, Annual Awards Ceremony on March 15, Tribute to Heroes, Tribute to Coaches, Tribute to Retired Cricketers, Tribute to Managers, Annual Review Magazine, Senior Players Charity Programme, Social Skills Seminars for young players, assistance to youth cricketers and a billboard featuring West Indies Female Players would also be unveiled.
As part of its mandate as a Non Governmental Organisation, the BCB would also be involved in several charity and social programmes including donations to children orphanages, senior citizens homes and less fortunate families.
Seven established clubs would also receive books to establish mini libraries for their members under the “Yes to Reading Programme”. Over 30 clubs would also receive items to the valued of $1M to assist their less fortunate members while 100 young cricketers drawn from clubs across the County would also receive school bags and educational kits to assist them to stay in school. Outstanding players who performed well at the Grade Six Assessment Examinations and CSEC would also be honoured.
Seven clubs have also been earmarked to receive items like water pitchers, dustbins, water mugs and buckets to assist them to function effectively while fifteen clubs would receive score books and notice boards.
Foster would also head the BCB 75th Anniversary Committee in this their Diamond Jubilee year having been established in 1939 to administer the game in Berbice.
The Special Events and 75th Anniversary Committee include Carl Moore, Anil Beharry, Angela Haniff, Leslie Solomon, Winston Smith, Moonish Singh, Gregory Rambarran and Rabindranauth Saywack.
The Anniversary would be celebrated throughout the year but several major events would be organised during the month of September when the BCB hope to host several former Test Players and Administrators.
The month of special events would be launched on September 7, 2014 with an Inter-Faith Service and an Anti-Drugs/HIV March and Rally involving all the junior cricket teams in Berbice.
A Cocktail Reception and a live panel discussion on the History of Berbice cricket would be held on September 13, 2014 at the New Amsterdam Town Hall. Other events planned for the anniversary in September are a Music Festival, Open air Exhibition featuring achievements over the 75 years, Primary Schools Coaching sessions, Essay competition, donation of a TV set to an orphanage, launching of the Hall of Fame for Administrators, Publication of the Diamond Jubilee Official Magazine, a special T20 cricket match between Berbice and Georgetown and the distribution of seventy five food hampers to senior citizens.
A Portrait of the greatest cricketer ever produced by Berbice would also be unveiled while souvenirs including caps, t/shirts and anniversary mugs would be available for special guests.
Foster issued a challenge for every club and their officials to work along with the Special Events and 75th Anniversary Committees to make sure that all their plans are fulfilled.
The Special Events Committee as it has done in the past would work hard to bring success to Berbice cricket but would need the cooperation of every stakeholder.
Foster is also urging businesses based in the Ancient County to assist the BCB as cricket is the most popular pass time activity among Berbicians.