Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket expansion kicks off with facilitators workshop

St John's, Antigua - The West Indies Cricket Board last week hosted two workshops as part of the expansion of the Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket programme.

Former Test players Kenny Benjamin, Reon King, Omari Banks and Derrick Parry were among the Territorial Development Officers and Kiddy Cricket Coaching Coordinators who attended the refresher workshops which were held in Barbados and Antigua.

A total of 17 coaches including TDOs participated as the redevelopment of the Kiddy Cricket Teaching Curriculum, new ideas to improve coaching standards and the overall delivery of cricketing skills were on the agenda.

The expansion of the Kiddy Cricket programme will see fifty coaches in 14 countries across the Caribbean delivering the fun and educational cricket programme to 7 to 11 year olds.

Commencing in 2011 the expanded programme will target 70% of all primary schools in the 14 countries with Kiddy Cricket Coaching Coordinators responsible for various districts within each territory.

There will also be three annual Kiddy Cricket Competitions along with a Kiddy Cricket Summer Camp.

Newly appointed WICB Kiddy Cricket Project Officer KJ Singh commented: "The WICB is extremely proud of the partnership we have with Scotiabank in building the Kiddy Cricket Programme. Getting kids excited about cricket at a young age while imparting life skills and knowledge about the game is what makes the Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket programme so critical to cricket development in the Caribbean.”

Simone Hull, Manager of Regional Sponsorship and PR for the English Caribbean said: "Scotiabank has been supporting the Kiddy Cricket programme for the past ten years and is proud of the positive impact it has had on building skills among young cricketers and nurturing love and commitment to the game.”

Omari Banks – Anguilla
Kenneth Benjamin – Antigua & Barbuda
Justin Joseph – Antigua & Barbuda
Dexter Toppin – Barbados
Charlie Jackson – British Virgin Islands
Fernix Thomas – Dominica
Raphael Croney – Grenada
Reon King – Guyana
Phillip Service – Jamaica
Derrick Parry – Nevis
Irvin Warrican – St Vincent & The Grenadines
Stanley Hinds – St Vincent & The Grenadines
Keith Charlery – St Lucia
Theophila Charles – St Lucia
Parsram Singh – St Maarten
Keithley Esdaille – St Kitts & Nevis
Kumar Rampat – Trinidad & Tobago

The workshops also included WICB Director of Cricket Anthony Howard, WICB Grassroots Cricket Project Officer Fawwaz Baksh and WICB Players Relations Officer Ayanna Cooper.

Theophila Charles, who was integrally involved with the development of Kiddy Cricket Teacher’s Manual and also Wendell Coppin of the ICC Americas, delivered presentations to the workshop on the manual review and an introduction to child protection, respectively.