Digicel’s Gavin Hope (second right) poses with the recipients and ASTP officials on Saturday at the National Park
Participants of the annual AL Sport & Tour Promotions (ASTP)/Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport (MCYS) /National Sports Commission (NSC) windball cricket development programme benefitted from the generosity of Digicel after the company presented school kits on Saturday, at the National Park.
Sponsorship and Events Manager of the company Gavin Hope made the presentation to just over 50 participants after the conclusion of a practice session, conducted by personnel of the ASTP group.
Speaking on the occasion, Hope said he recognised the work done by the group, adding that the little knowledge he has about the organisation’s work points to it being responsible for the development of many players.
The Digicel representative said he was told that the organisation helped to mould the careers of players such as current West Indies player Shemaine Campbell and former WI youth player Steven Jacobs, among others.
Hope praised the work of the Sports Officer attached to the NSC Allister Munroe, who has been one of the main architects of many players’ careers.
The programme, conducted every Saturday, sees students being exposed to the basics of cricket, despite the use of tennis balls. They are taught the rudiments of field placing, umpiring, scoring, batting and bowling (overhand) and other skill.
A number of the students had the opportunity to showcase their skills during the Easter Term Secondary Schools competition and the 16th annual End-of-School-Year Primary School Champions trophy.
The programme is open for females and is free.
In an invited comment, Munroe reminded the recipients that the group could have requested certificates, but decided to solicit assistance from Digicel in the form of the kits to remind the players that education and sports work in tandem and that they must see the gift as part of their preparation to return to school for the new term.
Also present at the ceremony were Edward Cobenna, Julius David, Mark White and David Wren.