Kiddies Cricket Program Launched With New Initiatives

Thursday 16th March was a significant day for the primary school cricketers on Nevis. On that day, at the ET Willet Park, the Kiddies cricket program for 2017 was launched.
All of the primary schools on the island were represented, along with their respective coaches.
The opening ceremony was chaired by Mr. Stascius Wallace who pointed out in his opening remarks that the program, which is sponsored by Scotia Bank, is beneficial to the young cricketers on the island.
Leeward Islands Territorial Development officer, Mr. Junie Mitchum, in his opening remarks thanked Scotia Bank for its sterling sponsorship for all of 17 years. He stated that the participants are able to develop basic skills, in terms of the fundamentals of the game and pointed to the fact that some have gone on to represent Nevis and Leewards youth teams. He also congratulated Leewards under 19 player Keon Pemberton on his achievements so far.
He stated that this year, the Bank has introduced some new initiatives:
All participants will be given medals and the program will climax with an interisland championship, featuring two teams from each island.
He beseeched the youngsters to pay keen attention to their academics as well.
Denrick Liburd, President of the Nevis Cricket Association, in his remarks, pointed out the significance of the program to Nevis, Leewards and West Indies cricket.
He indicated that the Skills, attitudes and discipline of the players, will hold them in good stead.
He also applauded the coaches for their efforts and said that the NCA fully endorses and supports the program, as it is the breeding ground for future stars.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Sports, Mr. Keith Glasgow, Glasgow, noted in his remarks, that the program is geared towards making Cricket more sustainable.
‘There is lot of money in the game but don’t play the game at all cost,’ he said. ‘Exhibit sportsmanship.’
He thanked Scotia Bank for its dedicated sponsorship for the program.
Ms. Ebony Harp, Manager at the Scotia Branch in Nevis, stated that the program aims to help primary school students gain and maintain an appreciation for the game of cricket and also serves to develop positive values such as team work and good sportsmanship.
‘It also enhances the appeal of their education and provides equipment and training for teachers to coach the basics of the game and the children will also acquire interest and passion for the game and develop self-confidence and self-discipline,’ she stated.
She also noted that she is encouraged to see the number of students who chose to participate in the program.
She wished everyone well and declared the program officially open.

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