Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Scotiabank and WICB delivers Kiddy Cricket summer camp across the region

Scotiabank and the West Indies Cricket Board have launched a regional Kiddy Cricket summer camp programme across 14 Caribbean territories throughout the months of August to September 2013.

The camps will focus on delivering a series of intense coaching clinics for the most successful and talented grade six (6) students coming out of the recent Kiddy Cricket Festivals held across the English Caribbean. Territorial Development Officers are slated to deliver the main technical components of the camp, with the assistance of other support staff from the local cricket boards including umpires who will expose children to the rules of the game. Meanwhile guidance counsellors from the schools across the Ministries of education across the islands will host personal development sessions.

The participating territories in the Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket summer camp will include Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados, Jamaica, Grenada, St. Vincent, St. Lucia, Dominica, Antigua, St. Kitts, Nevis, Anguilla, St. Maarten, BVI, Montserrat. The Kiddy Cricket Summer Camps will take on two main formats including a series of day camps for smaller territories as well as overnight camps in larger venues. Each camp will host 60 children. Overnight camps will run for a period of 5 days and four nights, meanwhile smaller territories will host a series of day camps ranging from 2-4 days. Both camps will see the children participating in theoretical and physical cricket sessions from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm.

KJ Singh, Kiddy Cricket Officer at the WICB, said that the camps are foundation of the WICB’s development pathway for students and is essential as a bridge to take them to the next level. “With the help of Scotiabank, the WICB’s long-standing corporate partner, we are proud to introduce the Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket Summer Camp as a one of our overall strategic development initiatives to aid in the transition of Kiddy Cricketers to the next level of their cricket development. The aim is to identify and graduate potential talent to the WICB’s Grassroots and Under 13 & 15 Programmes. The campers are students who have shown immense potential and have are interested in advancing in the sport. We are delighted to be exposing them to the technical training they need,” explained KJ Singh, Kiddy Cricket Officer at the WICB.

Speaking to the Bank’s rationale behind supporting the camps, Scotiabank’s regional sponsorship manager Simone Hull Lloyd, said that the Bank was pleased to join with the WICB once again to provide an environment that would foster further growth and continued advancement of the students. “These are students who have gone through the programme from the first grade through to the Kiddy Cricket Festivals. We are proud to be guiding them to the next level of training which will see them getting familiar with advanced cricketing concepts, techniques, skills sessions, and equipment. They will be starting to use hard balls, batting pads and getting use to playing in protective gear such as gloves and helmets which is great preparation for the next stage in their cricket lives.”

The Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket Camps are being executed at the highest WICB and Scotiabank standards taking into consideration impeccable dormitory standards and provisions for full coaching staff, including a full time on site physio-therapist. Special attention is also being paid to meals & hydration to teach the children the importance of balanced meals and nutritious diets in their success as athletes.

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