Clubs benefit from Shell Grants

Trinidad Express article.

Port of Spain, Trinidad - Simple but significant. That is how Shell Trinidad Limited country chairman Luis Prado described the Shell Grants given out to 12 “deserving” cricket clubs during a ceremony at Woodford Cafe, Price Plaza, Chaguanas last Friday.

The Shell Grants project rewards clubs that have demonstrate their commitment to the developing the communities around them with cash grants which are intended to help them continue their community programmes and initiatives.

Eight clubs, including Glenora Sports from the North, Curepe Sports from the East and Rahamut’s Evergreen from Southern Trinidad were rewarded with $15,000 grants.

The other clubs getting $15,000 grants included Orange Field Sports, Brickfield Sports, Yorkshire Cricket Club, Queen’s Park Cricket Club and Young Defenders Cricket Club.

HANDING OVER: Caldrac Club secretary Anil Kamal, right, and president Mokeet Aziz, left, collect a Shell Grant cheque for $25,000 from Shell Trinidad Limited country chairman Luis Prado during a presentation ceremony at Woodford Cafe, Price Plaza, Chaguanas.

QPCC were awarded a grant for their development work with children. Though not a club, the Trinidad and Tobago Women’s Cricket Association (TTWCA) received a grant for $20,000 to continue the development of Women’s Cricket in T&T. Fulham Sports Club also got $20,000.

The two Premier Division clubs to benefit from the grants were Caldrac Club from California and Alescon Comets from Charlieville. They got $25,000 each. To qualify for a Shell Grant, clubs would have had to meet a certain criteria.

They would have to be in existence for over ten years and would have had to play in the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board for over two seasons. They would have also had to prove their commitment to community development.

Prado urged clubs to build partnerships with the communities they are from. He said they should use the grants not only to purchase equipment but to roll out development programmes and community projects which will help to strengthen communities and touch the lives of the youth from the communities by steering them in the right direction away from crime.

First Published In The Trinidad Express.

Sun, 05/25/2014 - 17:55