Young cricketers and members of the Dominican team
Young cricketers and members of the Dominican team

ST JOHN'S, Antigua – Over 600 Scotiabank Kiddy Cricketers are set to participate in camps in the coming weeks. The aspiring cricketers be part of training sessions in Antigua and St Maarten. The activities in Antigua will start on Saturday continue on Sunday, and also run on December 7th and 8th. The training in St Maarten will be held from December 2nd to 5th.

Earlier this year several hundred Scotiabank Kiddy Cricketers completed another year of Summer Camps all across the region as part of the West Indies Cricket Board Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket programme.

The camps were hosted from July 1st to August 30th in eleven territories across the region. The participating territories were Anguilla, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Montserrat, Nevis, St Kitts, St Lucia, St Vincent, Trinidad and Tobago.

An investment of more than US$150,000 was made by title sponsor Scotiabank to host the eleven Kiddy Cricket Summer Camps which were geared at giving the top performing boys and girls at the grade 6 level exposure to advanced cricket concepts and skills development training. They were also prepared for the next level of development (Grassroots Cricket) in the WICB development pathway.

The camps included sessions on the History of Cricket, Nutrition, Personal Development & Hygiene, the dangers of Illegal Substance use and the Rules of the Cricket. The practical side of the camp introduced Kiddy Cricketers to advanced cricket equipment and gear, including new cricket skill development and training concepts in batting, bowling, wicket keeping and fielding.

"The Kiddy Cricket Summer Camps have been designed to provide young cricketers with both personal and advanced cricket development training, preparing them for the transition to the next level in the cricket development pathway," said WICB Project Officer for Development K. J. Singh.

"It was WICBs main objective to use a holistic approach. Classroom sessions were added to the agenda which included advanced on-field training and net sessions. This is to cultivate well rounded young cricketers," Singh added.

Simone Hull, Scotiobank's Regional Manager – Marketing and Sponsorship also commented: "Scotiabank believes in the power of opportunity, and we are very happy to be in this partnership with the West Indies Cricket Board for over 14 years in providing opportunities to our Caribbean youth through cricket."

"We hope that the Kiddy Cricket Summer Camps brings more success to the development of our regional pass time by equipping our youth with the necessary tools and training to start and propel them to the next levels of their development and cricketing careers," Hull concluded.