Grassroots cricket key to sport's development — sponsor

Jamaica Observer article.

Kingston, Jamaica - Shelly Coley, sponsorship manager at Scotiabank, said the Prep School All-Island Championship is the best way going forward in developing cricket in the country.

Delivering the keynote address at the presentation ceremony after the conclusion of the 2014 Scotiabank/Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) Prep School All-Island Championship at the Lucas Oval on Friday where Belair defeated St James by six wickets to take the title, Coley reminded that the country's greatest asset is its youth.

"I firmly believe that this competition is an opportunity through coaching, counselling and conversation, for our young cricketers to learn about the history of West Indies cricket.

"Rules require discipline and in this world, no matter your talent, if you do not have the discipline and the drive to match your talent you will never move forward. This is why Scotiabank is involved at this level because we recognise the need to challenge and train our youth to learn about competition and fairplay and all the other positive attributes that we want to see in our young people.

"My challenge to all of you young cricketers is to keep reaching for the stars, to distinguish yourselves, not only on the field, but off the field as well," Coley said.

Shelly Coley, poses with (from left) Kerion Stewart of DMP, Kaymani Grashin of Belair Prep and Mathew Comrie of St Andrew Prep with their MVP awards during a presentation ceremony at the Lucas Oval on Friday. (PHOTO: COLLIN REID)

Meanwhile, Kaymani Grashin from Belair Preparatory School, Mathew Comrie from St Andrew Preparatory School and Keiron Stewart from Discipline Motivates Progress (DMP) Preparatory School walked away with the Most Valuable Player (MVP) awards for their respective counties.

Grashin, 13, MVP from Middlesex, said that this award was a boost for him as he wants to play professional cricket.

"I have been playing cricket for two years now and it feels really good to have received an award like this. It means a lot to me because in the future I want to play professional cricket," Grashin said.

Surrey's MVP Comrie said that he was glad for the recognition from Scotiabank and JCA.

"Words really can't explain the feeling right now, I have been working hard on my cricket for some time now and I am really happy for the recognition," the 12-year-old Comrie told the Sunday Observer.

Stewart,13, the MVP for Cornwall, was equally delighted for the recognition.

"This shows that my hard work really paid off. I have been working really hard on my batting and bowling and I happy that I have been rewarded for my dedication to the sport," Stewart affirmed.

First Published In The Jamaica Observer.

Sun, 06/15/2014 - 08:43