Scotiabank committed to Kiddy Cricket

Trinidad & Tobago Newsday article.

Port of Spain, Trinidad - Scotiabank (Trinidad and Tobago) Limited remains committed to the sport of cricket and also remains focused on the development of the young people of the nation.

So said Anya Schnoor, managing-director of Scotiabank on Monday when she delivered the feature address to launch the bank’s Kiddy Cricket 2014 Programme and Cricket Festival staged at the National Cricket Centre at Balmain, Couva. 

“We remain proud to be associated with a feeder programme such as this in which children not only acquire an interest and passion for playing cricket, they also develop interpersonal skills, self-confidence, and self-disclipine, all qualities that benefit them for a lifetime,” said Schnoor. 

The Jamaican national described herself as “a true cricket fan” and “Caribbean Woman” and she expressed her happiness that the organisation she works for was a sponsor of the Kiddy Cricket Programme. “Year after year, Scotiabank is proud to be the executive sponsor of the Kiddy Cricket Programme, which since 1998 has been teaching the rudiments of the game, including batting, bowling, fielding and catching.” 

“It also provides equipment and training for teachers to coach the basics of the game. In addition to the practical aspects of the sport, in Trinidad and Tobago the programme also encompasses an academic/developmental facet, where teachers deliver classroom sessions in accordance with the curriculum in Mathematics, Social Studies, Language Arts and Information Technology.” 

“Students are awarded in the areas of art, craft, creative writing, poetry and song, facilitating learning through the provision of academic aids. This is a very integral part of the programme, one we are extremely proud of as we can say the Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket Programme truly produces well-rounded students,” Schnoor said. 

The top bank official said that this year Scotiabank celebrates 60 years of being here in Trinidad. She said not only have they been part of the country’s financial landscape for the last six decades, but the financial institution has also done and continues to do its part in building a better society in Trinidad and Tobago. 

“Through our varied corporate social responsibility initiatives, we invest in and give back to the communities in which we operate. The Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket Programme is one such initiative,” said Schnoor. 

Among those attending Monday’s launch, staged at the Alloy Lequay Administrative Centre were Scotiabank representatives, former First Lady Zalayahar Hassanali, a patron of the Scotiabank Foundation; Robert Soverall, managing-director of Scotia Life; Heidi Bason, general manager of the Marketing Division; and Carlene Seudat, general manager of Credit Risk. 

On the T&T Cricket Board’s side were president Azim Bassarath, national coach Kelvin Williams, Technical Director David Williams, West Indies Cricket Board Territorial Development Officer Kumar Rampat and Dudnath Ramkessoon, Director of Technical Operations at the T&TCB. Chairman was leading youth coach Glen Dwarika. 

Also represented were pupils of seven schools listed to participate in the Cricket Fest which was contested after the launch. They were: New Grant Government Primary, San Francique Presbyterian, Barrackpore Vedic, Montrose Vedic, Cunaripo Presbyterian, Bamboo Government School, and Belmont Government Primary. 

Schnoor said this year, 48 schools are taking part in the Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket Programme representing the eight school districts in T&T. She said she was also looking forward to their performance at the Interval Display at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port-of-Spain when the West Indies play New Zealand next month.

First Published In The Trinidad & Tobago Newsday.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 06:55