Youngsters gain priceless knowledge in Everton Weekes clinic

Barbados Advocate article.

Bridgetown, Barbados - Thirty of the island’s best young cricketers passed out with flying colours as the 2013 edition of the Sir Everton Weekes Under-13 Clinic came to an end yesterday. 

The week-long training camp picked up the best players out of the recently-concluded Republic Bank Right Start Barbados Cricket Association Under-13 Competition. With Nyeem Young coming out of the crop as the Most Outstanding Player, the youngsters spent the week under the tutelage of Director of Coaching Henderson Springer, former Barbados and West Indies player Corey Collymore and Shirley Clarke with a special mentoring session with Barbados and West Indies legend Charlie Griffith. 

Speaking during his address at the closing ceremony at Kensington Oval yesterday, Springer, who coaches senior national players, explained that he believed a lot of ground was covered during the clinic. 

Noting that the key to the West Indies rise back to the top of the cricketing world lie in today’s young players, he also stated that special attention needs to be paid at the junior level if there were to be any change in the region’s fortunes. 

“I thought this week was a tremendous week. After the first session this week, I was reminded why I became a coach in the first place. This has led me to believe that coaches of my experience, instead of losing time at certain levels, need to dedicate more of our time to coaching at this level,” he said.

Just one week after Alexandra pulled out a strong win over two-time defending champions, the young men who hail from Alexandra, Combermere, Ellerslie, Queen’s College and Lodge School, Harrison College, Lester Vaughan, Graydon Sealy, St. Leonard’s Boys, St. Michael School, Princess Margaret, Foundation and Frederick Smith were tried and tested in an effort to help raise the level of their game. Springer went on to say that the support from the sponsors was extremely helpful just before dropping words of encouragement on the players.

“The players, coaches and administration have been privileged to be able to host a camp like this in an era where money is tight. I come from an era where people sponsored competitions, they hardly ever sponsored coaching clinics,” he said.

Making mention of the Cricket Legends of Barbados, Springer informed the youngsters that the walls were plastered with the faces and profiles of players who had represented the region at the highest level. He told them that there was still a lot of space on the wall and that he hoped that he would live long enough to see some of them make it to have their profile put on the wall. (MP)


Shawnee Toppin, Nico Blackman, Savio Fergusson, Kastun Stoute, Indal Persaud, Seth Agard, Zidane Clarke, Akeem Phillips, Justin Moore, Ajani Ince, Dario Trotman, Mekhail Marshall, Dijon Hunte, Shemwyn Harris, Jonathan Dowrich, Jonathan Griffith, Hayden Harte, Julian Forde, Tyrike Holder, Jechoni Holder, Tyrone Edwards, Josiah Bailey, Corey Hoyte, Shakeem Boyce, Tauron Gibson, Nyeem Young, Kodi Brathwaite, Michael Watts, Donico Francis, Dario Williams.

Special Awards

Most Outstanding Player: Nyeem Young; Most Skillful Player: Indal Persaud; Most Improved Player: Shakeem Boyce; Most Disciplined Player: Jechoni Holder.

First Published In The Barbados Advocate.

Thu, 12/19/2013 - 19:31