Charlestown, Nevis, October 25, 2018 (DBSKN) — The Youth and Sports Department-organised Nevis’ tape ball cricket tournament, currently taking place at the ET Willett Park in Charlestown, is going a long way in bringing Nevisian communities together. The Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis has been hailed for supporting the tournament, and other sporting activities in Nevis, over the years.
Mr Jamir Claxton, Director of Sports in the Nevis Island Administration, has said that after a two-year break the tournament started early in October this year and will end by the third week in November. Teams taking part are Highlights International, Calypso Cricket, All Stars, SDA Jets, Empire Sports Club, GT United, and Rawlins.
“The tape ball cricket tournament that we are having is a tournament that we have had over the years with the support from the Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis,” said Mr Claxton. “It features teams from across Nevis, from various communities, as that is one of the purposes of doing the league – to bring the communities together to have fun, and to be productive through the vehicle of sports.”
The Director of Sports on Nevis lamented the two years the department did not hold the tournament for various reasons, but noted that last year was as a result of the passage of two powerful hurricanes. The Department of Sports made its responsibility to bring it back and according to Mr Claxton, they are eager to ensure that it will take place to the end.
“Development Bank has been one of our best supporters over the years when it comes to anything to do with sports development, not just this particular event,” said Mr Claxton on Tuesday October 23, when he received the bank’s sponsorship cheque from Mrs Jean Alcendor-Browne, the Bank’s Credit Risk Management Officer at the Nevis Branch.
“Every time we have reached out to them the response has always been positive and we consider them not a sponsor per se but a partner in terms of sports development in Nevis because they are always on board with our programmes,” observed Mr Claxton. “The Development Bank is a partner in our goal of sports development, and providing opportunities for young people in Nevis.”
In presenting the cheque to Mr Jamir Claxton, Mrs Jean Alcendor-Browne said that as an institution that puts development of the country’s youth at the forefront, the Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis highly commends the Youth and Sports Department for actively involving the youth in extracurricular activities through sports.
“The Board and Management of the Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis are satisfied that the Youth and Sports Department in Nevis is leading our youth on the right path,” said Mrs Alcendor-Browne. “Today they are our children, but tomorrow they will be our leaders. Unless we prepare them from an early age, we cannot hope to have leaders of substance when their time comes around. We at the Development Bank commend Mr Jamir Claxton and his team that has been working ceaselessly to ensure that our youth are well integrated in their communities through sporting activities.”