ECCB Academy Begins Monday

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Guyana Times
Guyana Times Staff

Youth cricketers, male and female, along the East Coast corridor will convene at the Lusignan Community Centre on Monday August 25, at 08:30h when the East Coast Cricket Board (ECCB) launches the 14th edition of its annual Cricket Academy.

Activities will be held under the theme “Cricket – Professionalism and Healthy Lifestyle,” and are for children 12-16 years of age. More than 50 aspiring cricketers, drawn from Ogle to Abary, are expected to participate in the programme.

Organisers have also revealed that participants will enjoy interaction with senior and former national cricketers who will grace the forum with their presence. While there, the seniors will introduce the youngsters to the technicalities of the sport while sharing their experiences on the national field.

Several resource persons will entertain thought-provoking discussions on cricket-related and other topics during the proceedings. The history of West Indies cricket will be lectured by former University of Guyana lecturer Mr Tota Mangar; national umpire Davteerth Anandjit will discuss the laws of cricket and umpiring, while international book scorer Sidartha Anandjit will deal with the intricacies of the scoring system.

Officers from the Cove and John Police Station will tutor the aspiring cricketers on road safety practices, while an officer from the Ministry of Education will discuss careers in cricket and discipline. Participants will also receive tutoring in drugs and sports;the Importance of Education; Leadership and Sportsmanship; HIV and Teenage Sex; Food and Nutrition; Social Etiquette/Grooming and Discipline.

Latchman Yadram and Jeenarine are the coaches.

According to a press release from the ECCB, it must be noted the more than twenty (20) participants who have attended the ECCB annual academy over the years went on to represent Guyana with distinction, notably Brian Sattaur who captained the successful Guyana under-19 team this year and Bashkar Yadram who captained the Guyana under-15 team.

The organisers are indeed grateful for the support received from the corporate community and wish to express heartfelt gratitude to those individuals and organisations that have made this event possible. These include Ansa McAl, B.M. Soat Auto Sales, Rockaway Auto Sales, Trophy Stall, Global Manufacturing Company (Marvex Bleach), NIDECA Investments, Elizabeth Styles, Bissan’s Trading, Mirza Khan, Bibi Samaroo Trading (Lethem), Yadram Distributions, D. Singh and Sons General Stores, Deodat Sooklall Investments, Mr. Samaroo Jailall and the executives and members of the many clubs along the East Coast.

Activities will be coordinated by Secretary of the ECCB Mr Judister Rampersaud, with assistance from national cricket coach, Latchman Yadram.

The Academy concludes on Friday August 29, 2014.

Participants are reminded to assemble at 09.30h at the Lusignan Community Centre on Friday August 22, 2014 for registration. Contact can be made via telephone to the Secretary Mr Judister Rampersaud (259-0308). Vice-President in charge of competitions, Mr Raymond Barton (626-0223 or 220-1636) or Executive Member Mr Dave Anandjit (617-8502).