Youth cricketers benefit from RHTY&SC Patron’s Fund
“Each one of you should be very proud to be a member of the most dynamic youth and sports organisation that has ever existed in Guyana and even prouder of the fact that your club is investing heavily in your cricket career as well as your educational background.”
Those were the words of Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club (RHTY&SC) Vice President Mark Papannah as he addressed members of the Club.
The RHTY&SC is currently undertaking a special project to assist its junior members with cricket gear and white cricket uniforms.
Over 50 players from the male and female cricket teams have benefited from the “Dare to Dream Programme” and Patron’s Fund. In 2018, the Club has so far handed over 15 cricket balls, five pairs of batting pads and six pairs of batting gloves to its junior players.
Ten junior players also received white cricket uniforms as the RHTY&SC strives to follow the rules of the Berbice Cricket Board, which state that all players shall be attired in whites at the junior level. Among the players benefiting are Shamar Scott, Jonathan De Viera, Kimmone Thomas, Joshua Wilson, Angelinao Ramdihal, Vishal Gopilall, and Farook Mohamed.
Club Secretary/Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Hilbert Foster, at the presentation ceremony, stated that the Club has a proud tradition of success to uphold and as such, it was important that its young members understand their roles as early as possible.
The RHTY&SC is the only youth and sports club in Guyana to receive a National Award – the Medal of Service, while it is also a five-time Guyana Cricket Club-of-the-Year Awardee in 2004, 2005, 2009, 2010 and 2016.
The investment in its players is a worthy one as it would encourage them to focus more on the game and to develop a culture of loyalty to the RHTY&SC, Foster said.
Foster, who is also the President of the Berbice Cricket Board, disclosed that another batch of cricketers would benefit before the end of the year, while all members attending school would receive educational materials for the new school year beginning early September.
Meanwhile, applications to be RHTY&SC members have been placed on hold as Foster stated that the Club’s membership is already large.
The RHTY&SC has 10 cricket teams, namely King Solomon Logistics Under-12, Poonai Pharmacy Under-13, Farfan and Mendes Under-15, Bakewell Under-17 and Second Division, Pepsi Under-19 and Intermediate, Metro Females, Gizmos and Gadgets Under-21 and First Division.
The gear donations were made possible with assistance from Food For The Poor (FFTP) and funding from the Patron’s Fund. The Patron’s Fund is financed by an annual donation from the RHTY&SC Patron, President David Granger.