The trinidad Guardian / Approximately 60 pupils from seven educational districts in Trinidad graduated from the 2016 Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket programme at the National Cricket Centre (NCC) in Couva on Friday.
San Francique Presbyterian emerged the champion school after the year-long practical and classroom elements.
The Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket programme involves children between the ages of seven and 11 benefitting from technical coaching in the basics of the game.
President of the T&T Cricket Board (TTCB) and West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) director Azim Bassarath has heaped praises on Scotiabank for what he has called their ‘huge social conscience’ while addressing the youngsters at the closing graduating ceremony.
He said: “As a cricket organization with a huge social conscience, the impact of this Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket initiative is making a tremendous difference, we are trying to ensure that the next generation of cricketers, cricket coaches and administrators emerge out of these bright, enthusiastic youths here with us today”
The 2016 instalment concluded with the Awards Ceremony for the Academic/Developmental aspect of the programme. This year, the academic element took place in 88 primary schools across.
Locally, the Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket programme was introduced in 2000, with the academic component coming on board in 2003. The 2016 academic component involved teachers delivering classroom sessions in accordance with the curriculum in Mathematics, Social Studies, Language Arts and IT.
Students were awarded in the areas of Art, Craft, Creative Writing, Poetry and Song.
They were also praised for the creativity shown in maintaining their Kiddy Cricket journals/copy books during the programme.
Anya Schnoor, the Senior Vice President and Head, Caribbean East and South, Scotiabank stated “Scotiabank is committed to doing its part to help our communities and young people become better off. The Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket Programme is one such initiative. It represents not only our commitment to the sport of cricket, but also the development of the youth of our country. We remain proud to be associated with a programme such as this in which children not only learn to play cricket, they also develop interpersonal skills, self-confidence, and self-discipline qualities that benefit them for a lifetime.”
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