Monday 18th July was a very important day in the lives of some young cricketers on Nevis.
On that day, the Scotia Bank Kiddies Cricket summer program for 2016, officially got on the way, at the ET Willet Park.
The opening ceremony was chaired by Mr. Stascius Wallace, representative of the Nevis Cricket Association and the main addresses were preceded by the invocation and the singing of the national anthem.
Wallace in his opening remarks, urged the participants to develop a correct attitude to the program and make the best of the opportunity provided for them to excel.
Leeward Islands Territorial Development Officer, Mr. Junie Mitchum who is the central force in organizing the program, noted that the program is in its third consecutive year and is designed to assist in the holistic development of the children. The program is also geared towards facilitating the transition of the children from the Kiddies cricket program into the Grass roots program.
He indicated that they would be able to hone their skills and pointed out that many graduates of the program have played for Nevis at the youth level and some have gone on to represent the Leeward Islands.
He also stated that one such person is Carlon Tuckett who is going off shortly, to represent the Leeward Island’s under 15 team in a regional tournament.
He asked the participants to take the training seriously.
Mr. Tyrone Hendrickson, who represented the Nevis Cricket Association, brought greetings from the NCA and wished that the program would be safe and enjoyable for the children.
He noted that the program is a breeding ground for future West Indies stars.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Sports, Mr. Keith Glasgow, again reaffirmed the full support of his Ministry to the program.
He lauded Scotia Bank for being so intimately involved in making the program a success.
He told the participants that the game of Cricket offers numerous opportunities. He pointed to the recent successes of three West Indies teams, as an unprecedented achievement.
He noted that based on their skill levels, professional cricketers will be much sought after to play Cricket around the world and therefore they are afforded the opportunity to make lots of money.
Branch Manager at the Nevis Branch of the Scotia Bank, Mrs. Ebony-Harp-Caines, also addressed the gathering and pointed out that Scotia Bank has sponsored kiddies’ cricket in the federation for over thirty years.
She noted that the participants are able to develop such virtues as self-discipline; interpersonal skills and self-confidence— all qualities that will last for a life time.
She wished the participants well in their endeavours.
After the usual group photo, the children soon got onto the field of play to commence their much anticipated training stints.