Saturday, February 24, 2018

New season of Kiddy Cricket gets going


YOUNG HOPEFULS: Participants of the 2013 Soctiabank Kiddy Cricket Programme pose for a photo with managing director of Scotiabank Trinidad and Tobago Limited, Anya Schnoor, back row, during the launch of the programme at Sir Frank Worrell Development Centre in Balmain Couva yesterday. —Photo: ROGER SEEPERSAD

Mark Fraser

Bonne Aventure Presbyterian School student Kervon Manoaul has big dreams of representing Trinidad and Tobago, the West Indies and even Indian Premier League Twenty20 franchise Chennai Super Kings.

He took his first step towards realising those goals by being part of the Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket Programme which has served as the launch pad for senior T&T cricketers Steven Katwaroo, Amanda Samaroo and Felicia Walters.

The 2013 Kiddy Programme was launched yesterday at Sir Frank Worrell Development Centre in Couva with Manoaul giving a testimonial, expressing his excitement about being part of the programme.

During the launch, West Indies Cricket Board territorial development officer Kumar Rampat noted that in its 13th year, the programme will be updated as to avoid becoming outdated.

Rampat said: “Despite the longevity of the Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket, the programme has not grown stale or routine. It is alive with constant changes, refinements, updating and improvements which seek to keep the programme stimulating and refreshing for children, teachers and coaches alike.”

He also noted that a new manual with improve graphics and exciting activities will be published in time for the classroom element of the programme which takes place in September.

“It is not additional work for the teacher but quality work for the child,” Rampat said.

“The classroom element deals with the teaching of Mathematics, Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, and healthy lifestyles in a manner that integrates cricket with the primary schools curriculum.

“Integrating the classroom work with cricket will fire off their unlimited imagination and create an exciting and exhilarating environment,” he explained.

In addition to the classroom element, the Kiddy Cricket programme also teaches children the rudiments of the game, including bowling, batting, fielding and catching and also provides equipment and training for teachers to coach the basics of the sport.

Coaching has already begun in the eight school districts, with 34 schools participating in the programme. But that is just the local leg of Kiddy Cricket.

Managing Director of Scotiabank T&T Limited Anya Schnoor noted that the programme promotes the development of well-rounded Caribbean youths and is being conducted in 15 territories across the West Indies with 700 primary schools involved and over 150,000 children between the ages of 6-11 taking part. The T&T participants will also be competing for a chance to showcase their skills during the innings interval of one of the matches of the Tri Nation Series in July.

The other activities of the programme involve a Kiddy Cricket Festival on May 18, a two-day Summer Camp, which will cater for 18 children from each district and the Start-Up programme which will focus on 40 participants from each district for further development.

Kiddy Cricket 2013

Caroni District

Couva Anglican

Montrose Government

Montrose Vedic

Preysal Government

North East

Cumana RC

Sangre Grande Hindu

Valencia Government/Valencia RC

Port of Spain and Environs

Crystal Stream Government

Four Roads Government

Petit Valley Boys RC

Belmont Government

St Agnes AC

Mucurapo Boys RC

South East

Iere Government

New Grant Government

Robert Village Hindu

St Georges East

Bamboo Government

La Horquetta South Government

Riverside Hindu

St Joseph TML

St Patrick

Avocat Vedic

Erin RC

Point Fortin ASJA


Bon Accord Government

Mason Hall Government

Mt St George Government

St Nicholas Primary School

St Andrews Anglican


Bien Venue Presbyterian

Claxton Bay Junior Anglican

Picton Presbyterian

Mahase Road Hindu School

Pleasantville Government