The Independence weekend has been filled with cricket, lovely cricket for hundreds of primary school students taking part in the Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket Festival at the Desmond Haynes Oval at Carlton Cricket Club.
Students from 33 primary schools around the island faced off against each other in the round-robin preliminaries on Saturday and Sunday, making every effort to be among the eight teams that will get to the finals to be held on Independence Day.
Defending co-champion Luther Thorne Memorial Primary as well as 2012 title-holders West Terrace Primary were among the teams playing on the first day.
Joint 2014 festival winners Selah Primary and 2013 champions St Paul’s Primary play on Sunday.
Scotiabank’s Managing Director for Caribbean East, David Noel, who did the coin toss at the start of the first game, expressed his pleasure at having the opportunity to be in the island for this year’s edition of the festival.
“Barbados has a particularly deep cricketing tradition and Scotiabank is just doing our part through the Kiddy Cricket program to make sure that Barbados cricket gets strong and that West Indies cricket gets strong,” Noel said.
He revealed that a long-standing aspect of the Kiddy Cricket program would be getting refreshed and re-launched in 2016, with a brand new Kiddy Cricket Academic Manual set to be published.
The manual uses cricketing scenarios to teach academic concepts across a range of subjects and is a follow up to the Clarence Goes to School manual, which was named for the original Kiddy Cricket mascot, Clarence the Crab.
“This is our way of reaching out to our Kiddy Cricketers academically, using something they’re passionate about which is cricket. We feel it’s important to emphasise that Kiddy Cricket isn’t just teaching skills for the field – it’s teaching skills for life,” Noel said.