Ellerslie teacher Dwayne Best says the critical role played by sports like cricket in teaching life skills and creating well rounded, productive citizens needs to be emphasised and valued more.
Best, who is also cricket coach at the school, made this point recently as he congratulated the school’s two recent Barbados selectees, Kilano Brathwaite to the under-17 and under-19 teams, and Demetrius Richards to the under-15 team.
Best said the invaluable assistance of KFC with sponsorship of equipment and uniforms for close to a decade, and the hard work and dedication of the students had definitely helped Ellerslie to be more competitive. He noted however that the school’s main goal was not to win titles, but to develop and impart life skills to the students.
“This summer two of our students will represent Barbados in the WICB regional tournaments. Kilano Brathwaite has been selected for both the Barbados Under-17 and Under-19 teams and Demetrius Richards has been selected for the Barbados Under-15 team. We wish them both every success.”
Best said Ellerslie was on course to achieve its immediate goals of seeing continuous improvement among the present crop of players, and increasing the number of students selected to national age group squads.
“This year in our performances on the field we have remained competitive. That however is not my main focus, as I’m a teacher first and foremost, who believes that sport can help to create well-rounded and productive citizens. Cricket really is a good avenue where the boys can learn so much about life in terms of discipline, time management, teamwork, humility, dealing with disappointment, dedication and the list goes on.”
The teacher and coach noted that while the focus of Ellerlie’s cricket programme definitely went beyond the boundary, the school could not achieve its goals without the support of parents, the community, and sponsor KFC.
“There’s a lot that goes into running a productive cricket programme and that’s why support and sponsorship are so important to provide gear and equipment. The contribution of uniforms by KFC over the eight years has been invaluable. Many school cricket teams are not sponsored, and for us to be able to garner an international fast food chain as our sponsor makes the students feel special and enhances their self-esteem.”
Ellerslie Secondary fields teams in the Barbados Cricket Association divisions including under 13, under-15, under-19, schools’ zone and Intermediate competitions.