Thirty-six aspiring cricketers from Enmore and neighbouring villages on the East Coast of Demerara on last Friday completed a
Sitting from left are Sport Director Neil Kumar, Sport Minister Dr Frank Anthony, and facilitators Rajian Tiwari and Latchman Yadram. Behind are participants displaying their certificates of participation
five-day beginners’ cricket academy at the Enmore Community Centre.
The academy, which commenced on August 5 last and concluded on August 9, catered for youngsters at the under-19 level.
While the aim of the academy was to educate the youths on the basics of cricket, they were lectured on the importance of food and nutrition, road safety, leadership and discipline. The participants were also given lectures on athletics and karate. Speaking at the closing ceremony on Wednesday Sport Minister Dr Frank Anthony told the participants to aspire for further involvement in sport that will ultimately aid their own development.
“One of the things we have been doing, was having these programmes across the country where we are trying to get young people to be involved in sports. But we just don’t want you come to the camp and just stop, we want you to stay in sport, enjoy it and to then develop yourself so maybe some of you will be able to represent our country. We had a number of persons from Enmore that have represented Guyana in cricket, so if you continue in sport you can get there,” the minister stated.
Meanwhile, the minister indicated that his ministry is willing to join hands in partnership with the aim of restoring the Enmore Cricket Club to its former glory. He spoke with regard for the work of the community, especially when it comes to the club, which was dormant for approximately a decade.
“We want to revitalise the club so that we will have an active sport club and where we can have active programmes. Over the last couple of months the ministry has been working with people in the community here to ensure we put more programme in place.
“The ministry is also working with both GuySuCo and residents of the community to develop some of the infrastructure to the facility; if you can see we have already constructed a new pavilion. The gate and sight screen are in the process and once those facilities are in place you can come here and enjoy them,” Anthony said.
Director of Sport Neil Kumar in his remarks urged the participants to make full use of what they learned during the five days. He also urged the youngsters to pay attention to their education since apart from being cricketers they can also become Scorers, Umpires, Sport Journalists, Selectors and Coaches. Cricket coach Latchman Yadram described the academy as “a grand success”. He said the objective of the camp was to promote and develop young cricketers and to instill in them the value and importance of discipline in sports, as well as, good sportsmanship. Yadram also used the opportunity to thank all those who contributed to making the academy an overwhelming success.
Sessions were conducted by Yadram, Rajian Tiwari, Nazim Yassim and Mahendra Sharma.