ECCB Academy Moving Apace at Lusignan

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Guyana Times
Avenash Ramzan
Students of the ECCB 2011 Academy. Instructor Robert Adonis (former Guyana fast bowler) is at the back at left and Coach Hardeo Sattaur is also at the back, at right.

For the 10th year in succession, the East Coast Cricket Board ( ECCB) is hosting its annual cricket academy at the Lusignan Community Centre ground, “ in the interest and development of Guyana’s cricket.” When Guyana Times Sport visited the venue yesterday, a total of 50 young and eager participants were going through their Physical Education exercise under the watchful eyes of the experienced coach, Hardeo Sattaur.

However, a heavy downpour curtailed the outdoor session and they were forced indoors where they indulged in a ‘ classroom session’ under the tutelage of former First- Class fast bowler, Robert ‘ Pacer’ Adonis.

Adonis, who is one of the facilitators of the programme, said he’s very impressed with the huge turn out and is confident the participants will leave the two- week academy next Friday well equipped with the basics of the game. He was also heartened at the fact that four females are part of the programme, one of whom has travelled all the way from Ituni. The young lady, Isha Wilson, attends President’s College, located at Golden Grove on the East Coast of Demerara.

The objectives of the academy is to instill in young cricketers, of both sexes, the values of sportsmanship and education, the dangers of substance abuse, and the knowledge, skills and attitude required to pursue a career in cricket.

Among the topics the participants are being exposed to are: Coaching, Laws of Cricket, Marking of the Playing Areas, Food and Nutrition, Scoring, Discipline, Road Safety, Drugs and Sports, Importance of Education, Social Etiquette and Grooming, Leadership and Sportsmanship, Sports Injuries, HIV/ Aids and Teenage Pregnancy, Club Formation, and Careers in Cricket.

The ECCB has acquired the expertise of several individuals in the local fraternity to conduct the various sessions.