The Area “H” ground undergoing rehabilitative work
– in restoration of Area “H” ground pavillion
The Area “H” community centre in Rose Hall Town would soon be in a better position to host major cricket matches with massive restoration being done to the old pavillion on the ground.
The pavillion, which was built in 1991 via self help by members of the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club (RHTY&SC), with funding from the government of Guyana, was in a state of disrepair for the last five years after the Mayor and Town Council failed to undertake any repairs.
The management team of Guyana’s leading youth and sports organisation, the RHTY&S would like to express profound gratitude to president Donald Ramotar and Sport Minister Dr Frank Anthony for the restoration work being done after a government subvention of over $2.3 million was granted.
Sport Minister Dr Frank Anthony
Executives of the club had visited president Ramotar last year and he committed his government to assisting in the restoring of the pavillion. Secretary/Chief Executive Officer of the RHTY&SC, Hilbert Foster, who headed the delegation to the Office of the President hailed the pavillion’s restoration as one of the best news for the club in 2013 as it would now be able to host major matches, including finals.
Other organisations, including schools, churches and NGOs, would also be able to host events without worrying about proper accommodation for spectators. The Area “H” ground with three pavillions would now be able to seat at least 1000 spectators.
Foster also expressed gratitude to Dr Anthony, Regional Chairman Permaul Armogan and People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Executive Secretary Zulfikar Mustapha for their roles in assisting the club to obtain the funding.
The Area “H” ground, which was once a swampland, has produced a Test cricketer (Assad Fudadin), one West Indies ODI player (Royston Crandon), six national senior players, 23 national junior cricketers, two West Indies female cricketers and over 80 for Berbice at all levels.
Meanwhile, one of the club’s official sponsor, Bakewell has donated $100,000 for the office signboard for the RHTY&SC. The signboard would welcome visitors to the club’s Area “H” ground and Foster hailed the management of Bakewell, especially General Manager Rajin Ganga for the role they played in the development of youths via their investment in the RHTY&SC.
President Donald Ramotar
Foster also disclosed that he is currently in discussion with the company to provide signboards for the Berbice Cricket Board, St Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church and some other cricket clubs.