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development officer Kumar Rampat noted that in its 13th year, the programme will be updated as to avoid becoming outdated.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
Sangre Grande Hindu
Valencia Government/Valencia RC
Port of Spain and Environs
Crystal Stream Government
Four Roads Government
Petit Valley Boys RC
St Agnes AC
Mucurapo Boys RC
New Grant Government
Robert Village Hindu
St Georges East
La Horquetta South Government
St Joseph TML
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
Mahase Road Hindu School