GCA Unveils Plans For 2010
… greater emphasis to be placed on youths
THE Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) last Friday unveiled their plans for the year 2010 at the GCA’s 2009 youth awards presentation held at the Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) pavilion, with greater emphasis being placed on the youths of clubs attached to the Association, as they seek to ensure all clubs are kept active this year.
President of the GCA and former West Indies all-rounder and coach, Roger Harper, said his Association will not be looking at holding a number of competitions, but will aim to hold a number of clinics and camps in an effort to further develop the players at all levels, with youths being the main target of the GCA.
While mentioning the GCA in collaboration with Commonwealth Youth Programme (CYP) Leadership and Lifeskills workshops which were an initiative of immediate past president of the GCA, Alfred Mentore, Harper stated that recommendations arising out of those workshops will be incorporated into the GCA’s clinics and camps.
“This will be a busy year, as we have a packed schedule and in order for us to achieve what we set out to achieve this year, the support of our member clubs and of course the corporate community is needed,” said Harper. This year’s programme begins with the GCA-organised Haeir Cup 40-overs second division competition which is set to commence sometime this month, followed by a first division T20 competition.
The entity in charge of cricket in the capital City, also aims to start a Peewee clinic and League for Under-13 cricketers and according to the former off-spinner who took 46 wickets from 25 Test matches for the West Indies, the Peewee clinic will be held mainly on Saturday mornings and will begin in early May.
A first and second division two-day competition is set to bowl off in July, followed by an Under-15 and an Under-19 competition in August. This Harper said is due to parents’ concerns for their children missing school to play cricket during the school year, while the second division 20/20 competition will begin in October.
Harper is an individual who believes in the development of players irrespective of the level of cricket they are playing, hence GCA’s Development Programme will be featuring camps being held for a duration of two to three weeks during the August summer holidays and will include clinic workshops throughout the sessions.
A fully functioning website, which was launched three years ago under the stewardship of former GCA president and secretary of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) Bishwa Panday, is also on the programme for the GCA this year. Persons and relatives abroad will be able to access match scores and players’ profile among other details when the website is up and running effectively, and while Harper declared that it’s a lot of work, the GCA intends to make it happen.
Finding ways to highlight cricket in Georgetown, giving the players much publicity and exposure as possible, with plans shaped by new ideas in the making to ensure such is a possibility.
Harper further stated that the GCA has already secured sponsorship for a number of the abovementioned programmes and is working assiduously towards tying up sponsorship for others. He thanked the Georgetown Cricket Umpires and Scorers Association (GCUSA) for their continued support over the past year and looked forward to continued relationship.
Managing Director of Queensway, the sole distributor for Haeir Home Appliances here in Guyana Mr Mohammed Qualander, was on hand to present the GCA head with the trophy and sponsorship cheque, for the upcoming second division limited overs tournament which will commence soon. Harper wasted no time in expressing his gratitude to the sponsor and welcomed him on board.