TTCB boss hails Kiddy cricket initiative

Trinidad Express article.

Couva, Trinidad - “Bat like Lara, bowl like Narine, and still win a National scholarship.”

That was the message from Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) president Azim Bassarath as he addressed the participants before the start of the Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket Festival at the National Cricket Centre in Balmain Couva, yesterday.

He said the TTCB’s best work is done off the field as partners in the nurturing and development of the nation’s school children and noted that the TTCB and the West Indies Cricket Board have recognised the need for positive guidance to inculcate the proper value systems that will ensure the children grow up to become well-rounded citizens who can succeed both on and off the field of play.

“Sport based programmes (like the Kiddy Cricket programme) have been shown to improve the learning performance of children, encouraging school attendance and desire to succeed academically,” Bassarath explained.

“The Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket programme attempts this and more,” the TTCB president added, thanking Scotiabank for their commitment to “this positive nation building initiative.” This year’s programme featured 48 schools from districts across T&T. 

Yesterday’s Festival brought the top schools from various districts together for a day of fun where the participants could compete and showcase their skills for a chance to be part of the “Interval Display” during the West Indies Test match against New Zealand at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain next month.

Scotiabank managing director Anya Schnoor said the initiative “represents not only our commitment to the sport of cricket, but also the development of the youth of our country. 

The programme teaches children the rudiments of the game including batting, bowling, fielding and catching and also encompasses an academic facet where teachers deliver classroom sessions in accordance with the curriculum in maths, social studies and language arts.

The schools that made it to the Festival were Belmont Government Primary (Port of Spain), Bamboo Government Primary (St George East), Cunaripo Presbyterian (North East), Montrose Vedic (Caroni), Barrackpore Vedic (Victoria) San Francique Presbyterian (St Patrick) and New Grant Government Primary (South East).

First Published In The Trinidad Express.

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 18:22