ST GEORGE'S, Grenada (CMC) — The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) says it has succeeded in significantly extending the reach and scope of the Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket programme throughout the region.
WICB Operations Manager, Roland Holder says the programme targeting children between ages six and 11, has been a top priority for the board.
The programme runs in 15 territories across the West Indies with 700 primary schools involved and over 150,000 children.
"The WICB holds the Kiddy Cricket Programme as one of our top cricketing priorities, especially since it forms the starting point of the WICB's cricket development pathway," said Holder, a former Barbados captain and West Indies batsman.
"Through our long-standing partnership with the Scotiabank, we have been able to extend the programme's reach and scope throughout the region, exposing more children between the ages of six and 11 to cricket."
The spotlight fell on the Kiddy cricket programme as international returned to Grenada with the recent One-Day series between West Indies and Zimbabwe.
Over 75 boys and girls, who have excelled in the Kiddy Cricket events, participated in the Kiddy Cricket display on the outfield at the Grenada National Stadium, accompanied by Chirpy - the larger-than-life, fun-loving mascot.
Smartly attired in their brand new, specially designed "whites" the aspiring young players showcased their talents and skills much to the delight of the spectators in the stands.
"As the new country manager of Scotiabank Grenada and a first timer to the Kiddy Cricket Programme, I am extremely impressed with the commitment and passion of the children, teachers and coaches for the game of cricket," said Elie Bendaly, Country Manager -- Scotiabank Grenada .
"It is only obvious why Scotiabank has supported and continues its partnership with the West Indies Cricket Board, as the game of cricket in my opinion unifies the people of Grenada and the Caribbean."
Several regional and international cricketers have benefited from the programme including West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach.