Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Place open for Atlantic Pollard Scholarship


Last season’s awardee: Savion Lara

Mark Fraser

Two young cricketers from Trinidad and Tobago will be selected to receive the Atlantic Pollard Scholarship (APS) to play club cricket in England and improve their cricket and develop important life skills.

The APS is a venture between energy company Atlantic, West Indies cricketer Kieron Pollard and sports promotion company Insignia Sports and is set to help talented young local cricketers, a media statement said.

“Kieron Pollard feels passionate about supporting others from Trinidad and Tobago in achieving their goals and will select two young players from T&T who has particularly impressed him and whom he feels have the ability to represent the full T&T team and the West Indies sides one day,” the release stated.

The selected cricketers will get the chance to play club cricket in England and train with a county cricket club (Surrey or Middlesex), and experience a summer.

The scholarship package includes a bursary award, flights and accommodation, along with full equipment.

Akeal Hosein was awarded the inaugural scholarship in 2012, representing Exmouth CC in the Devon Premier League. Hosein’s UK experience expedited his development and he has since featured heavily for the West Indies Under-19s.

Last season’s scholarship was awarded to Trinidad and Tobago Under-19 keeper-batsman Savion Lara cousin, of Dwayne and Darren Bravo. Lara’s ability caught Pollard’s eye and he believed that a trip to the UK would further enhance his development. He excelled for Purley in 2013.

Now Pollard is searching for another talented cricketer from this country to play a season of UK club cricket in 2014. That youngster will join Tion Webster (Queen’s Park Cricket Club), who has already been confirmed as one of the 2014 scholars. Trials, scheduled for January 20 at the Queen’s Park Oval from 12.30 p.m., will be held for those invited by Pollard and coach David Furlonge.

The candidates for consideration must be 18 years of age and over; available to be in the UK from April to September 2014, have no criminal record, be driven and hardworking and have a desire to play professional cricket.