WICB/JCA roll out Grassroot Programme

WICB/JCA Media Release.

Kingston, Jamaica - The West Indies Cricket Board in conjunction with the Jamaica Cricket Association on Monday launched its grassroot development programme for 2014.

The eight week programme, which is designed to teach the basics and develop skills and knowledge of the game of cricket to the youths, is set to get underway on Saturday February 1 across fifteen 15 clusters spanning the fourteen parishes of the island.

Some thirty coaches including former Jamaica players Orville Pennant of St Ann, Wayne Cuffe of Kingston & St Andrew and Ordelmo Peters of Clarendon will conduct respective three hour camps which will see some thirty young boys and girls gaining valuable coaching in the game of cricket.

The programme which was initially designed for the under15 and 17 age group has been revamped somewhat according to WICB Territorial Development Officer Phillip Service.

“We felt a need to run the programme at a lower age group level which fits into the whole grassroot concept, so instead of working with the older kids we will be focusing on the under 13 this time around, the best of the lot will then be added to our JCA emerging player data base.”

Service added that at the end of the eight weeks of the programme, some twenty boys will be selected for further training with former West Indies captain Ambassador Courtney Walsh over a four week period.

From that group, the Jamaica Cricket Association will be hoping to select a squad for their National under 15 programme.

Not to be out done, the girls will also benefit tremendously from the project as a special plan is in place for them.

“What we will be hoping to do with the girls after the cluster process, is get the best crop in place for four weeks and we will be aiming to get some coaching assistance from our West Indies senior women’s players to help develop the youngsters.”

WICB/JCA Media Release.

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 10:18