The continued investment by KFC in the Ellerslie Secondary School’s cricket programme is paying dividends for the young cricketers with some catching the attention of the Barbados Cricket Association’s (BCA) selectors.
Since receiving their new kit at the start of this season, KFC Ellerslie have been well turned out in all competitions, and the talented youngsters have also repaid the sponsor’s faith in them with creditable performances on the field.
Following on their contributions with bat and ball, four members of the KFC Ellerslie programme were recently named by the BCA to represent Barbados youth teams in regional tournaments taking place during July and August.
The Ellerslie selectees included outstanding female Allison Gordon for the girls’ under-19 team to Guyana for the WICB regional tournament, while Neil Persaud was part of the Under-19 boys’ team which took part in the Goodwill Series in Trinidad & Tobago, from July 9 to 14. Jadeja Edwards, Kilano Brathwaite and Shemar Persaud were selected to teams at the Under-17, Under-15 and Under-14 levels respectively.
The Under-19, Under-17 and Under-15 sides are competing in regional WICB tournaments, while the Under-14 team travelled to England for the Taunton Festival.
KFC’s marketing coordinator Shekelia Barrow said Ellerslie’s players continued to justify the investment made in the school’s cricket programme.
“KFC continues to be a staunch supporter of our young people in Barbados in a variety of sporting and other endeavors, including our national sport of cricket. We are particularly pleased with the progress being made by the Ellerslie Secondary School cricket teams and we expect that they will continue to make us proud with many more ‘So Good’ performances this season,” Barrow stated.
Ellerslie’s cricket master Dwayne Best thanked KFC for its invaluable contribution to the young cricketers.
“KFC has supported us for several years with kit, gear and other equipment and this has been very important to our success. The boys definitely appreciate the new kit we received this year, which also contributes to their sense of self-worth and helps to encourage others to want to be a part of the cricket programme,” Best said.