Sandals Cricket Academy bowls off with 33 of the is­land’s best young crick­eters

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The Sandals Foundation Cricket Academy has bowled off for its 14th year in Saint Lu­cia. 33 of the is­land’s best U15 play­ers will con­verge for one week at the Daren Sammy Cricket Grounds for in­tense on and off the field train­ing.

Af­ter a decade and a half, the Cricket Academy has be­come a sta­ple in the is­land’s sport­ing cal­en­dar, pro­duc­ing key play­ers for Wind­ward and Lee­ward Is­lands and ul­ti­mately West Indies cricket se­lec­tion.

Among those in at­ten­dance of the camp this year is Wind­ward Is­land skip­per Simeon Ger­son.

Ac­cord­ing to Pres­i­dent of the Saint Lu­cia Cricket Board Ju­lian Charles, this year’s camp is yet an­other nail in the fortress of com­mit­ment to youth devel­op­ment and sports that the Sandals Foundation has main­tained.

Charles com­mended the Foundation, na­tional and re­gional cricket Coach Al­ton Crafton, the Min­istry of Sports and the young play­ers for their on­go­ing in­vest­ment in the pro­gramme.

“We are proud to see this camp con­tinue year af­ter year and to see a com­pany like Sandals putting its money where its mouth is. I en­cour­age the young play­ers to take full ad­van­tage of this op­por­tu­nity,” Charles said.

Newly ap­pointed Re­gional Pub­lic Re­la­tions Man­ager for Sandals Re­sorts In­ter­na­tional in the Eastern Caribbean, Mr. Su­nil Ramdeen, re­it­er­ated the com­mit­ment of the Sandals Foundation to youth and sports and charged the young ath­letes to em­brace their tal­ents and pos­si­ble stand­ings as the next “su­per­stars of West Indies Cricket.” He pointed out that there were still great op­por­tu­ni­ties for ca­reers in sports in the Caribbean, es­pe­cially cricket, ask­ing that the squad re­main fo­cused with this in mind as a pos­si­bil­ity for their fu­ture.

The Sandals Foundation Cricket Academy is an un­der­tak­ing in part­ner­ship with the Gov­ern­ment of Saint Lu­cia and, ac­cord­ing to Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary within the Min­istry of Sports, Dr. An­thony Ge­orge, 2016 comes with a spirit of re­newed com­mit­ment from both ends of the pitch.

Dr. Ge­orge noted that with such part­ner­ships and com­mit­ment, sports in Saint Lu­cia have a re­mark­able fu­ture.

In keep­ing with its high per­for­mance man­date, the U15 play­ers will un­dergo one week of in­tense cricket skills devel­op­ment ses­sions and train­ing. They will also be ex­posed to life skills ses­sions fa­cil­i­tated by highly qual­i­fied cur­rent and for­mer leg­endary West Indies Cricket play­ers and coaches.

Among these will be Bar­ba­dos-born Mr. Roland Butcher – the first black crick­eter to rep­re­sent Eng­land in in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion. He is now Di­rec­tor of Sports at the Univer­sity of the West Indies (UWI) at Cave Hill, Bar­ba­dos and will be meet­ing with the group on Sun­day Au­gust 21 and again at the clos­ing on Mon­day Au­gust 22, 2016.

Over the com­ing days, the U15 squad will un­dergo the fun­da­men­tals of bat­ting, bowl­ing and field­ing which will com­prise the ma­jor­ity of the day-time ses­sions. Life skills train­ing will oc­cupy the young ath­letes dur­ing the evening.

Di­rec­tor of Pro­grams for the Sandals Foundation, Heidi Clarke, said the ini­tia­tive of in­vest­ing in the con­tin­ued devel­op­ment of cricket in the Caribbean is one that will al­ways have a place with the com­pany’s phi­lan­thropic arm.

Ea­ger young­sters all geared up and ready for train­ing in cricket and life skills.

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