Kiddy camp now heads to the East Coast

Guyana Times article.

Georgetown, Guyana - After successful legs in Georgetown and Essequibo, the Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket Camps will now head to the East Coast of Demerara and Berbice this week, targeting the development of young cricketers in those areas.

Sessions were held at the Banks DIH ground at Thirst Park and at the Imam Bacchus ground in Essequibo last week with over 100 young, aspiring cricketers being tutored on the fundamentals of the game.

According to Coordinator of the camps, Colin Stuart, there has been an overwhelming response to the programme, which is the first such to be held in Guyana, and targets schools that would have done well at the preliminary zone competitions earlier this year.

At Thirst Park, schools from Georgetown, East Bank and West Demerara were targeted, while students from schools on the Essequibo Coast were the focus of the sessions at the Imam Bacchus ground.

Stuart, who is also the Territorial Development Officer of the Guyana Cricket Board, told this publication that the East Coast sessions will run from Monday to Thursday at the Enmore Community Centre, starting at 09:00h each day. Schools from East Coast and a few from Georgetown will be engaged in the sessions, which will be conducted by Coaches Esaun Crandon, Bevan Butts, Jamal Hinckson and Dhanpaul.

Sessions for schools in the Ancient County of Berbice will take place from Tuesday to Friday under the expert guidance of Coaches Michael Hyles, Julian Moore, Winston Smith, Andre Percival and Albert Smith. The Albion Community Centre was the intended venue, but due to an activity being hosted there a new venue will have to be sought.

Stuart, a former West Indies fast bowler, said the camps will touch approximately 300 students, who are being exposed to the basics of the game from an early age, as well as information gathering on the game.

At the launch of the camps last week, Manager of the Scotiabank Robb Street branch Brian Hackett stated that the bank was happy to aid in the dissemination of cricket knowledge to the beginners. Hackett explained that since its inauguration in 2001, Kiddy cricket has made noteworthy progress, being played in at least 13 territories in the Caribbean.

The Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket Camps are a collaborative of several partners, including the Guyana Cricket Board, West Indies Cricket Board, Ministry of Education and Allied Arts Department, Ministry of Sport and the Guyana Teachers’ Union.

First Published In The Guyana Times.

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 03:52