WICB CEO hails Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket as vital developmental component


“Kiddy Cricket Festivals act as a celebratory event for our children to show-off their talent, building confidence, teamwork and discipline, it also acts as a spring board to the next level of their development at the Grassroots Cricket level,” Muirhead said while speaking at the launch of the Kiddy Cricket Festival in Antigua last week.

“(Kiddy Cricket Festivals) is where talent identification is done, and in each territory across the region, WICB and our partner Scotiabank will be hosting Kiddy Cricket Summer Camps for high performing and outstanding young cricketers, both boys and girls, indentified in the programme annually,” Muirhead explained.

Also speaking at the launch at the Rising Sun Playing Field, was Senator, The Honourable Winston Williams Jr, acting Minister of Education, Sports, Youth and Gender Affairs in the Government of Antigua and Barbuda.

“You can get more out of your children’s development by ensuring that you enrol them in sport. We know the importance of cricket and what cricket has done for regional development. West Indies cricket is and will always remain the best playing cricket anywhere in the world,” Minister Williams Jr said.

“Kiddy Cricket is the foundation programme for the rebirth for a new West Indies Cricket and I commend the WICB and Scotiabank for doing all it can for continuing this,” Minister Williams Jr added.

In his address, Scotiabank Antigua Country Manager Mr. Gordon Julien said that the bank was proud to be associated with West Indies cricket for a longstanding period.

“Scotiabank has been the official sponsor and partner of the WICB Kiddy Cricket Programme since its inception 14 years ago. Regionally the Kiddy Cricket Programme has grown over these 14 years, spanning 14 territories in the region with over 720 primary schools and benefits in excess of 150,000 children in the Caribbean each year. In Antigua the Kiddy Cricket programme is present in 65 primary schools and continues to grow each year. Scotiabank is extremely proud of this partnership with the WICB and will continue to support in the development of our youth in their cricket and personal development as part of our brighter future programme,” Mr. Julien noted.

The finals of the Kiddy Cricket Festival in Antigua is scheduled for the 17thMay 2013 at the Dredgers and Rising Sun Grounds where the top eight (8) schools will play friendly matches for the Kiddy Cricket Champion’s trophy, which is was jointly celebrated by St. John’s Lutheran and Bethesda Primary Schools at the Kiddy Cricket Festival 2012. Other awards for Most Disciplined School, Most Improved Schools, Best Performing Batsman, Best Performing Bowler and Best Performing Fielder will be up for grabs.

The West Indies Cricket Board and Scotiabank will be hosting other Kiddy Cricket Festivals in 14 territories across the Caribbean between January – June 2013, followed by a Kiddy Cricket Summer Camp for identified high performers, both boys and girls, in order to prepare them for the next level of their cricket development which will be hosted between June – August 2013.


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