RHTY&SC/TCL Cricket Academy deemed a success
Guyana Times article.
Georgetown, Guyana - The 16th annual Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club (RHTY&SC) cricket academy sponsored by Trinidad Cement Limited (TCL) ended on a successful note on Thursday with dozens of youths graduating during a simple presentation at the St Francis Community Developers Training Centre.
Berbice Under-15 Captain Kevelon Anderson was named Cricketer of the academy, while the other major awardees were Most Disciplined Player –Brent Lee Fraser; Most Committed – Sequan Cox; Best Batsman – Junior Sinclair; Best Bowler – Keith Simpson; Best Female – S. Grimmond; and Most Promising Player – Sampson Lewis.
Secretary/CEO of the RHTY&SC, Hilbert Foster, giving a comprehensive report on the 2014 academy, hailed it as a major success and even predicted that more national cricketers would be produced by the club in the near future.
The large batch of cricketers was under the supervision of coaches Winston Smith and Delbert Hicks and Berbice Senior Inter-county player Eon Hooper. Foster stated that the players received special coaching to improve their bowling, batting, wicket-keeping and fielding skills, while special emphasis was placed on improving physical fitness.
The cricketers, both male and female, were also involved in several Power Point presentations on topics such as HIV/AIDS, peer pressure, bio-mechanics, importance of discipline, importance of education, role of a sport ambassador and the history of cricket.
Foster, the veteran cricket administrator, speaking directly to the young cricketers, urged them to develop a love of the game and to nurture a formula of discipline, dedication, hard work and faith in the god they serve. Success, on the cricket field, Foster stated, can only be achieved by total dedication and discipline and he challenged the attentive cricketers to listen to advice from former players and positive role models.
Head Coach Winston Smith stated that he was quite impressed with the rich pool of talent at the academy and urged the cricketers to put into practice on a daily basis what they have learnt over the past two weeks. He challenged them to practise hard and to widen their knowledge of the game by doing a lot of research.
Office Manager and Head of the Club’s Cricket Development Committee, Moonish Singh, stated that the RHTY&SC would be using most of the new talents to form its Under-15 team for 2015 and to develop a nursery for the future.
Marketing Manager of TCL (Guyana) Limited, Eric Whaul, praised the RHTY&SC for hosting another successful cricket academy under his company’s brand and stated that TCL was satisfied that its investment was worthwhile.
Whaul, who described himself as a strong cricket fan, urged the young cricketers to follow in the footsteps of his role models, Alvin Kallicharran and Roy Fredericks.
He also issued a challenge to cricket administrators in Guyana to make sure that there is an improvement in the standard of local cricket pitches as it was affecting the quality of the game. Whaul disclosed that TCL was open to continuing sponsorship of the academy, as it strongly believes in the development of youths.
The eight top awardees received a collection of educational materials, while every member of the cricket academy received a school bag under the RHTY&SC pro-education programme, which seeks to assist students to stay in school and obtain an education.
First Published In The Guyana Times.