BCB secures sponsorship from Moore & Son Business Est for historic U-11 cricket tournament
The Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) continues to break new ground as it forges ahead with its youth development programme across the county, and has now obtained sponsorship for a historic under-11 cricket tournament from Moore & Son Business Establishment.
The BCB usually hosts tournaments at the U13, U15, U17, U19 and U21 levels, but this new tournament would widen the age bracket for the county’s comprehensive developmental programme. BCB President Hilbert Foster has said this U11 tournament would serve as a feeder for the U13 tournament, and would assist the coaching staff to identify players at a younger age for further coaching to correct technical problems.
Noting that a tree can be straightened only at a young age, he has expressed confidence that the U11 tournament would improve the competence level of the youths in Berbice. The BCB President is urging clubs across the county to go into primary schools and urge students to join their membership.
The BCB is targeting a minimum of twelve teams for this tournament, which would be played using the taped flannel ball. The cutoff date for the tournament is January 1, 2012 and players would be expected to have an eighty percent attendance rate in primary school.
One of the plans of the BCB is to use coaches as umpires in some matches, to allow them to watch the youths close up. The BCB currently has nineteen coaches/trainers attached to its outreach programme, with the assistance of Local Government Minister Nigel Dharamlall.
Clubs are also encouraged to play at least one female in an effort to unearth new female talents.
Mr Rickey Moore of Moore & Son, who plays for D’ Edward Cricket Club at the second division level, has said he is delighted to be part of history, and is very happy with the massive development taking place in cricket in the ancient county. He has pledged his continued support for the BCB, and has committed himself and business to not only renewing his U11 sponsorship, but also to sponsor a second division tournament for teams in the West Berbice sub-association.
Chairman of the BCB Competition Committee, Leslie Soloman, has said his committee would strive to organise the tournament in a professional manner, and he is urging clubs to register by December 15. He also said that 2023 would see a lot of cricket being played, with special emphasis being at the inter-club, inter-secondary and inter-primary schools’ levels. This would be in addition to a massive coaching programme at both schools’ levels.