The East Coast Cricket Board (ECCB) concluded its five-day cricket academy with former West Indies fast bowler Colin Stuart urging participants to utilise the knowledge they gained for their personal development, and more particularly, the development of the game.
Fifty aspiring cricketers graduated from the academy, which concluded on Friday at Lusignan Community Centre ground.
Stuart, delivering the feature address, advised the participants to share the acquired knowledge with fellow students and members of their respective communities. He told the participants that the diverse topics that were discussed during the academy will help them become more rounded individuals.
Apart from the fundamentals of cricket, the participants, 10 of which were females, were lectured on the history of West Indies cricket, laws of cricket, intricacies of the scoring system, road safety, drugs and sport, the importance of education, the dangers of tobacco, food and nutrition, leadership and sportsmanship, HIV/AIDS and teenage pregnancy, social etiquette and grooming, discipline, and sports injuries.
“It’s a well-rounded programme with very relevant topics and I want to salute the ECCB for choosing these topics,” Stuart observed.
“You the participants can become a better individual, just put what you have learnt into practice” the 39-year-old concluded.
ECCB president Bissoondyal Singh stated that the academy has been an important resource for potential cricketers on the East Coast of Demerara. He urged the participants to aim high and strive for excellence in their future endeavours.
“Put what you have learnt into practice. Go into your schools and communities and preach what you have learnt; that’s all part of your development. You were very fortunate to be part of this programme, so share the knowledge you have gained,” Singh advised.
Singh added, “I am delighted today with the role this annual cricket academy has been playing. You were not only taught the art of playing cricket but the dangers of using illicit drugs, the benefits of being fit, your personal hygiene, discipline, commitment and dedication, food and nutrition, discrimination, these are all facts of life that if put carefully into practice will make you better citizens of our dear beloved country. This academy aims to mould the leaders and cricketers of tomorrow and we hope that you all capitalise on the lessons learned over the past five days.”
He expressed thanks to the facilitators for their time to “help mould the minds of the young ones.”
Singh also lauded the parents for making “a precious investment” by sending their young ones to engage in such a meaningful activity.
Coordinator Judister Rampersaud said the participants responded well to what he described as “a well structured programme.” He stated that apart from the practical and classroom sessions, the youngsters were equipped with handouts to keep for future reference.
Avin Gangadin and Tameshwar Motiram were the participants who made presentations on behalf of the group, and they expressed pleasure at being part of the activity. Each participant received a certificate of participation and a trophy.