With a record 135 aspiring cricketers participating in this year’s Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket Summer Camps, the 2017 edition of the programme has been hailed a success.
For the fourth year running, the bank partnered with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) to host camps across the island. This time around, the young cricketers participated in camps at three venues – the Passage Road, St Michael and Speightstown, St Peter playing fields and the YMPC grounds – from August 14 to 17.
WICB Territorial Development Officer Robin Parris said the Scotiabank-sponsored camp has grown by leaps and bounds each year, and this year did not disappoint.
“We had our biggest attendance to date and that has only given us evidence of the growth of the camps,” he said. “The campers enjoyed the week and the programmes that were offered to them, and just being part of the Kiddy Cricket Camp. With the recent exceptional performance of Barbadians Shai Hope and Kraigg Brathwaite, two former Kiddy Cricketers themselves, it gives us greater impetus to move forward with the programme.”
The participants drawn from primary schools across the country got the opportunity to hone their skills in the Caribbean’s premier sport. But Parris stressed that the learning did not take place on the field alone.
Scotiabank’s Personal Banking Officer Ryan Bascombe also spoke to the campers about managing their finances, in keeping with the Kiddy Cricket programme’s focus on not only fostering interest in the sport but helping children develop interpersonal skills, self-confidence, and self-discipline.
“We concentrated on personal development and financial planning, which would have contributed to building the campers’ self-esteem,” Parris noted.
While the Kiddy Cricket programme is administered in 45 local primary schools during the school term, children who were not enrolled in the programme were able to participate in the camps this month.
The Kiddy Cricket programme was introduced to Barbados in 2000, with the aim of helping primary school children develop a life-long appreciation of cricket. Through the programme, they also develop positive values and learn good sportsmanship.