Nurturing talent in focus as cricket camp commences at Malteenoes Sports Club
- Ramson Jr. underscores sport as a key learning mechanism
Backed by title sponsor Remote MD, the Malteenoes Sports Club (MSC) annual cricket camp made its return on Monday; over 70 boys and girls will be trained by experienced coaches from July 18-30.
Numerous cricket stalwarts graduated from the camp which was first held in July-August 1993 where it was opened to budding players from all counties. It was initially a live-in programme.
With five coaches set to work with the players, and visits by former international players, the camp offers an avenue for potential talent to be spotted and then nurtured.
In explaining the interface between sport and its impact on building a person’s character via the teaching of life skills, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport Charles Ramson Jr. emphasised the need for persons to understand how sport expands ones learning capacity.
“Parents, let me tell you something, if you want your kids to do well, you got to keep supporting them, and gone are the days, and it must be, that people think that sport is not an important part of learning. It is an extremely important part of learning; sport is a tool that teaches, and I have learned more from sport than in a classroom on particular lessons that a classroom could not teach me”, the Minister told the gathering at the club’s Thomas Lands base.
Neil Barry Snr., current President of the Georgetown Cricket Association highlighted the rich history of the club which was formed in 1902, and that their camp in 1993, was one of the first in the Caribbean.
Likewise, Quasen Nedd, a former national player, and now cricket coach called for the players to have a passion as that is the driving force to success and longevity in the sport.
Nedd indicated they will teach all the fundaments of the sport, and the likes of Leon Johnson, Roger Harper, and potentially, Ramnaresh Sarwan are expected to pay visits.
Additionally, former national cricketer and now a successful businessman, Steven Jacobs, reflected on his time in the said camp, and charged the attendees to have fun but understand to reach the top, one must be prepared to work.
Due to the inclement, practical sessions will be staged either at the National Park Tarmac or at the National Gymnasium.