Diamond Jubilee Celebration 1939 – 2014
Kaieteur News article.
Georgetown, Guyana - “An educated mind allows you to think on your feet quickly and allows you to fulfill your true potential on and off the cricket field”.
Those were the words of Chairman of the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB), Special Events Committee Hilbert Foster to fifteen young cricketers when the entity hosted their 7th Annual Educational Awards Scheme at the headquarters of the St. Fancis Community Developers.
The players were presented with materials wich would assist in their educational pursuits.
These Under-15 players were drawn from Bush Lot, D’Edward, Blairmont, West Berbice, Young Warriors, Rose Hall Canje, Chesney, Albion, Port Mourant, Whim, Upper Corentyne, Police, Bermine and Fyrish cricket clubs.
Foster noted that BCB during its Diamond Jubilee celebrations would be placing special emphasis on educational programmes. He urged the young cricketers to stay in school, noting that education is important and should not be neglected because of a career in sports.
The veteran cricket administrator advised the awardees to develop a love for reading and research. He committed the BCB to assisting them to fulfill their potential in the classroom and on the field.
First Vice President of the BCB Anil Beharry complimented the sponsors of the programme, Shemaine Campbell, Tremayne Smartt and Sabrina Munroe who are Berbician players representing the female West Indies team.
President Keith Foster issued a challenge to other cricket boards in Guyana to follow in the BCB’s footsteps and start to invest in the educational development of their players. Education, the elder Foster stated, opens doors to success. He urged the fifteen awardees to remain focused and not to allow any distraction to affect their pursuit of an educational career.
Former West Indies Test player Leonard Baichan who was present at the ceremony hailed the BCB for investing in the education of its members while urging the awardees to develop a culture of hard work, discipline, and dedication.
Baichan spoke briefly on his career and his determination to be successful in every aspect of his game. Baichan later handed over the packages to the awardees.
Over the past seven years approximately 110 young cricketers have benefitted under the Berbice Educational Awards Scheme. The recipients all expressed gratitude to the BCB for investing in their future and promised to make all Berbicians proud.