By: Curtis Morton
The WICB/Scotia Bank Kiddies’ Cricket camp concluded on a high note at the ET Willet Park on Friday 19th July.
The proceedings were chaired by Territorial Development Officer and chief Coordinator of the one week camp, Mr. Junie Mitchum.
In his opening remarks he stated: ‘I have no doubt that with similar programs in the future; the Leeward Islands will once again be a force to be reckoned with.’
He congratulated the Coaches for their unity of purpose and dedication to the task of helping to develop the young cricketers. He pointed out that the concentration for the one week camp was on the development of the basic cricketing skills and the personal development of the young players. The week climaxed with the playing of actual matches between the participants.
He further admonished the participants: ‘The game of cricket is a great humbler—on your way to success, keep your feet on the ground.’
He thanked all for making the week a success but had special praise for the contributions of sponsors, Scotia Bank.
Ms Michelle Liburd, Asst.Secretary in the Ministry of Sports, also took time from her busy schedule to address the children. She noted that the young players were taught more than just the technical aspects of the game, as they were lectured in certain aspects of cricketing history and life style development attributes.
‘Do not stop here. This is only the beginning of your dream to make it to the West Indies cricket team. You can be the next cricketer from Nevis to make it big on the international stage,’ she said.
Local Scotia Bank Manager Charles Morton, reminded the participants of the old adage: ‘Nothing ventured –nothing gained.’ and opined that they would have gained quite a lot from the facilitators of the program.
‘Demonstrate to your peers, your parents and your Teachers that because of this week, you have become better persons,’ he advised.
‘Scotia Bank has a philanthropic obligation to give back to the communities we serve,’ he assured his listeners.
Asst. Secretary Ms Liburd and Manager at Scotia Bank, Mr. Charles Morton then assisted with the presentation of certificates to the proud recipients.