August 30, 2014

Harper conducts training seminar with ECCCC youngsters

Former West Indies all-rounder and coach, Roger Harper (seated second right), and executives of the ECCCC (seated) pose with participants of last Saturday’s session (Photo: Avenash Ramzan)

Former West Indies all-rounder and coach, Roger Harper (seated second right), and executives of the ECCCC (seated) pose with participants of last Saturday’s session (Photo: Avenash Ramzan)

Over two dozen young cricketers attached to the Enmore Community Centre Cricket Club (ECCCC) were on Saturday last involved in a training seminar conducted by former West Indies all-rounder and coach, Roger Harper.

The one hour session was organised by executives of the ECCCC to give the youngsters a basic understanding of what was required of them to become not just good cricketers, but decent individuals who can contribute to society in a meaningful way.

The seminar was conducted in the main pavillion of the Enmore Community Centre ground, where Harper advised the youths to remain disciplined in their effort to play at the highest level.

“Success does not come at the first shot; you have to keep trying and trying until you get there. The lesson here is never to give up, but you also have to be disciplined. That is very important,” the Guyana Amazon Warriors head coach pointed out.

The 50-year-old Harper, who played 25 Tests and 105 ODIs for the West Indies and 200 First-Class matches for Guyana and Northamptonshire, encouraged the youths to set goals, as that will help them to gauge their progress over time.

“I know the ultimate aim is to play for the West Indies, but before that there is a process that has to take place. You have to play for club, county, country and so on, so it’s important you set your selves a general goal and then break that up into sub-goals,” the former right-arm off-spinner and right-handed middle-order batsman implored.

Several executive members of the ECCCC also attended the seminar, which was the first since the club was resuscitated earlier this year.

Club captain Bheemraj Ramkellawan thanked Harper for sharing his knowledge and expertise on the game with the youngsters, adding that his presence could only serve to inspire the young club members to aim high.

Ramkellawan noted that the session is just one of many activities the ECCCC has planned to ensure the young membership of the club is afforded every opportunity to learn not just cricket, but general life skills. (Avenash Ramzan)

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