DCC cricket camp aims to integrate education and sport
The Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) will continue over a decade long tradition by hosting the annual cricket camp. While the camp has a main focus of nurturing young talents, the organisers hope that players can take advantage of life both on and off the field.
Seventy-one (71) cricketers, a number which is expected to grow over the coming days, gathered at club’s Queenstown Pavilion to start two weeks of well-rounded training in cricket and other areas.
Former national cricketer and club member, Dr. Vincent Adams, who now heads the Environmental Protection Agency, outlined while cricket has a world of luxuries, the aim should always be to secure a solid education.
“In addition to playing cricket, I studied so the one thing I want to implore upon you and the parents, athletics is great because it teaches you discipline. If you get an education you can keep that for the rest of your life and you determine what you want your life to be,” Adams said on Tuesday.
Former West Indies cricketer, Roger Harper, who is the club president, said the camp is all about shaping lives of possibly future West Indies stars.
“With the sort of progamme we have we expect to be shaping the lives of you and making better citizens of our country. We expect you to pay attention and absorb the information.”
Last year 120 youngsters registered and Harper expects this year’s camp will eventually achieve that number.
Mark Harper, Garvin Nedd, Darien Best, Clyde Butts, Travis Dowlin, Reon King and Kevin Ross will the coaches for camp, which caters for participants ages seven to 17.
Also at the opening ceremony, Digicel Guyana continued its sponsorship of the camp with Communications Manager Vidya Sanichara making the presentation to Roger Harper.
The camp, which will conclude on August 23, runs from Monday to Friday 09:00h to 15:30h. Registration fee is $6,000.