Friday, June 16, 2017
By RENALDO DORSETT
Tribune Sports Reporter
THE Bahamas Cricket Association will look to attract new aspiring players to the sport with a summer initiative.
The organisation will host the BCA Cricket Youth Summer Camp, June 26-July 21 at Windsor Park.
Hosted Monday-Friday from 9am-1pm, the programme is open to players ages 8-15.
The camp will feature a variety of different aspects including physical drills, cricket rules, skills and simulations, etiquette and grooming.
Off the field of play, there will be appearances by guest lecturers on the art of cricket
The International Cricket Council has appointed Theo Cuffy to develop the Bahamas’ junior national team programme and he has been working with the programme since April.
In previous interviews with The Tribune, cricket enthusiast Paul Thompson said the BCA continues to move toward youth development.
The programme continues to benefit from the youth initiative it took years ago by hiring an international cricket coach from England to take the game into the country’s schools.
The coach was able to make contact with 26 primary schools in Nassau, seven in Grand Bahama and one in Bimini, where Kwik Cricket was introduced to the young boys and girls.
Hundreds of school children were involved in that scheme. Out of that programme, the BCA was able to start an under-15 and under-13 league with four teams in each competition, with the under-15s playing with a hard ball. The under-19 team was also developed with plans in place to sustain the game for years to come.
Many of those team members also advanced to the senior level.