Flashback! Participants of a previous academy hosted by the ECCB (An Avenash Ramzan file photo)
Young male and female cricketers on the East Coast of Demerara will assemble at the Lusignan Community Centre from Monday at 08:30h when the East Coast Cricket Board (ECCB) launches its 13th annual cricket academy.
According to the president of the ECCB, Bissoondyal Singh, educator and historian Professor Tota Mangar of the University of Guyana will deliver the feature address to declare proceedings open.
Activities will be held under the theme “Cricket- Professionalism and Healthy Lifestyle”, and are for children between ages 12 and 16.
Over 50 aspiring cricketers, drawn from Ogle to Abary, are expected to participate in the programme. The organisers have also intimated that participants will enjoy interaction with senior and former national cricketers who will attend on occasions.
While there, the seniors will introduce the youngsters to the technical aspects of the sport while sharing their experiences on the national field.
Several resource personnel will entertain thought-provoking discussions on cricket related and other topics during the seminar. They include statistician, Edwin Seeraj, who will speak on the history of West Indies cricket, while national umpire Davteerth Anandjit will discuss the laws of cricket. International book scorer Sidartha Anandjit will deal with the intricacies of the scoring system.
Officers from the Cove and John Police Station will tutor the participants on road safety practices, while former executive of the Guyana Cricket Board, Ronald Williams, will discuss careers in cricket and discipline.
Participants will also receive lectures on drugs and sports by Darshanand Rampersaud, the importance of education by former school senior master Judister Rampersaud, Leadership and Sportsmanship by Colin Stuart, HIV and Teenage Sex by social worker Ms. Runuka Anandjit, Food and Nutrition by officials of the Ministry of Health and Social Etiquette/Grooming and Discipline by Dr Richard Persaud of Suriname.
National Sports Commission coaches Daniel Richmond and Latchman Yadram will spearhead the coaching aspect of the academy.
The academy has been a tremendous success over the years, with more than a dozen of its attendees moving on to represent Guyana with distinction.
According to a release from the ECCB, it is grateful for the support of several individuals and organisations who have come together to make the event possible.
They include: Ansa McAl Trading, B.M. Soat Auto Sales, Rockaway Auto Sales, Trophy Stall, Global Manufacturing Company (Marvex Bleach), NIDECA Investments, Elizabeth Styles, Bissan’s Trading, Mirza Khan, Bibi Samaroo Trading (Lethem), Yadram Distributions, D. Singh and Sons General Stores, Deodat Sooklall Investments, Mr Samaroo Jailall and the executives and members of the many clubs along the East Coast.
Activities will be coordinated by secretary of the ECCB, Judister Rampersaud, with assistance from Latchman Yadram.
The academy will conclude on Friday when the participants will be presented with certificates of participation.