West Indies cricketers Merissa Aguilleira and Kieron Pollard assumed coaching roles at a two-day cricket training camp last weekend for children of Atlantic employees.
The camp took place at Alescon Comets Ground in Charlieville, with the children being exposed to the basic principles of cricket and techniques.
Pollard is hopeful of a bright future for local cricket after his interaction with the participants.
“The children were excited to learn and play cricket. Their excitement showed me that the desire to play the game is alive and well and the next generation of cricketers is in the making,” Pollard said.
Pollard’s contribution off the field also includes Atlantic/Kieron Pollard Scholarship.
Last week at the tenth Anniversary celebration of the Atlantic National Primary Schools Cricket League, Pollard announced that the scholarship will build on his previous scholarships, which afforded a local young cricketer the opportunity to play club cricket in the UK.
Now the Atlantic/Kieron Pollard Scholarship will extend this opportunity to two young cricketers annually.
Previous recipients of the Kieron Pollard Scholarship include Akeal Hosein (2012) and Savion Lara (2013).
Captain of the West Indies women’s cricket team Aguilleira said she was grateful for the chance to encourage children, particularly girls to get involved in the sport of cricket.
“This is especially critical to the women’s cricket team; we need to pay attention to the girls and really help them to see that cricket is not only for the boys,” she explained.