DCC commences work on concrete facility … Substantial contribution guaranteed from Lloyd
Guyana Chronicle article.
Georgetown, Guyana - The Queenstown-based Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) recently commenced work on their concrete practice facility, thanks to the contributions from several of its players including Christopher Barnwell, Trevon Griffith and Paul Wintz.
As an added bonus towards the success of the project, former Guyana and West Indies skipper Clive Lloyd has guaranteed the club a substantial contribution to the project, while former Guyana and West Indies off-spinning all-rounder Roger Harper has also promised tangible support.
This was disclosed by the club’s president Alfred Mentore, who, along with some of the players including the abovementioned trio, coach Gavin Nedd and treasurer Terrence Cadogan, paid a visit to the sand-based foundation for the project.
According to Mentore, the project which is also being financed through the West Indies Cricket Board’s (WICB) Grassroots Programme (the club received US$5 000) is a two-phase one, with the first phase being the completion of the practice venue, while the second one entails the construction of a upper deck, which can be used for weddings, seminars etc.
“DCC has taken the initiative to push the construction of its concrete practice facility. We, as a club, have been able to raise some amount of funds towards the project, while we have written to the WICB, who has given us a contribution towards this venture, in the sum of US$5 000.
“Added to that, (with) some of our own cricketers who are members of the club, such as Christopher Barnwell along with Trevon Griffith, Paul Wintz and others coupled with Mr Clive Lloyd’s substantial contribution, we should be able to culminate this project within the next three months or so,” said Alfred.
However, Mentore is calling on Corporate Guyana to throw their support into the project, one that will be of tremendous value to the nation’s future stars of the gentleman’s game.
“Back in the past, we saw how beneficial the old concrete tennis court which was housed here was to the players of yesteryear, such as Keith Semple, Nolan McKenzie, Mark and Roger Harper and even Gavin Nedd.
“So rebuilding it today into a modern facility, where we will be having two concrete and one matting pitch, will certainly serve its purpose to the members of this club, since they will have somewhere to hone and further develop their art, during the rainy season.”
He added, “While I say that, we would want Corporate Guyana and others to fill and be able to add their part to this project, where we all can contribute to have it in order within the next three months, when we will have a grand opening ceremony.
“As a matter of fact, we celebrated our 100th Anniversary last year and at the opening ceremony for this project, we will be looking to launch the club’s 100th Anniversary Magazine, while we will move into the other years as we go on.”
He expressed his pleasure at the ground work that has been completed so far, with the assistance from another member of the club who is a contractor, donating some of his machinery towards the proper sand-filling of the foundation, coupled with the compacting of same.
In an invited comment with Chronicle Sport, Barnwell, Griffith and Wintz expressed happiness at being able to contribute towards the further development of the club, with Barnwell saying how pleasurable it would be for the next generation to come and benefit from it when it is completed.