Kiddy Cricketers ready to show skills

Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket Media Release.

Kingston, Jamaica – When Jamaica and West Indies opener Chris Gayle walks to the middle at Sabina Park  next week for his 100th test match, scores of Scotiabank Kiddy Cricketers will be eagerly waiting to follow in his footsteps.

They will get their chance on Sunday in the Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket interval display during the lunch break on the first day of the first West Indies vs New Zealand test match.

The youngsters will head to the Sabina Park in Kingston from the four corners of the island to showcase their batting, bowling, fielding and catching skills in competitive mini-matches during the lunch break.

Over the last 15 years, the Kiddy Cricket interval display has become a beloved tradition at international matches, giving many aspiring young cricketers their first opportunity to play in front of thousands of fans.

K.J. Singh, the West Indies Cricket Board’s project officer for Kiddy Cricket, noted that the displays are one of the events which Kiddy Cricketers look forward to the most on the annual calendar.

“The interval display lets the children test out their skills and helps them get comfortable with playing in front of a big crowd. I have to say that the fans at the games really get into the mini-matches and give the Kiddy Cricketers a lot of support and that is very encouraging for a young child. This is one of the scheduled events on the annual Kiddy Cricket roster which really helps our young cricketers to build confidence and experience live cricket at its highest level.”

While the interval display is now an established tradition, Scotiabank’s vice-president of marketing, public and corporate affairs Monique Todd pointed out that the Kiddy Cricket program has added new elements over the years.

“We've worked with the WICB to give the Kiddy Cricketers more opportunities to play, practice and get high-level exposure and training. Last year when we renewed our sponsorship, we nearly doubled our investment so that we could add more coaches to the program and hence, reach more children. We also introduced the Kiddy Cricket camps last year which were very popular and are geared at preparing the most promising Kiddy Cricketers who are approaching secondary school.  Scotiabank remains committed to creating the next great cricket moment.”

The young cricketers were chosen based on their schools’ performance in the annual Kiddy Cricket Festival. The participating schools include New Works Primary in Westmoreland, Howard Cooke Primary in St. James, Parry Town Primary in Ocho Rios, Ken Wright Primary in Portland, Yallahs Primary in St. Thomas, Old Harbour Primary and St. Johns Primary in St. Catherine and Broadleaf Primary in Manchester.

Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket Media Release.

Sat, 06/07/2014 - 05:14