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Pennyless All Stars Cricket Club Receives Training Equipment From WICB

Charlestown, Nevis (Curtis Morton): Vice President of the Pennyless All stars Cricket Club Brian Dyer, on Tuesday confirmed that his club has successfully written a proposal for and received approval for a grant offered by the West Indies Cricket Board, through sponsors DIGICEL as part as what has been dubbed The West Indies Cricket Board Digicel Grassroots Club Grant Programme.

An obviously elated Dyer displayed the training equipment received via the grant at the ET Willet Park during an exclusive interview with NTV channel 8 Sports.

He explained that it was not an easy road in getting approval for the grant as there were certain stringent requirements involved.

These included formulating a constitution for the club; updating financial accounts and ensuring that there was a proper financial structure in place; allowing the WICB to intermittently audit the club’s financial accounts; acquiring a home ground, among other requirements.

All of the above stipulations were achieved by dint of hard work which included legal assistance from Attorney at Law, Mr. Oral Martin and the Ramsburiy Grounds is now the official home ground of the club in collaboration with the Nevis Island Administration.

Dyer noted that when the eventual approval was received, his club encountered difficulties in acquiring the required training equipment as they were asked to source the equipment and then the WICB would pay the vendor.  However, this task proved difficult as some sports shops did not have all of the equipment required, nor the quality being sought and then there was also the consideration of purchasing within the grant amount of $5,000.00 US.

Eventually they received assistance from a vendor in the UK who worked with them in getting the required equipment.  He noted that the total sum spent exceeded the $5,000.00 US grant which was paid by the WICB but the club paid somewhere in the vicinity of $900.00 US dollars to take care of shipping and other related expenses.

The club has also signed a Memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the WICB which includes stipulations as to the care of the equipment for up to one year and intermittent visits by members of the Board to monitor the progress of the programs and the use of the equipment.

Dyer indicated that the equipment was purchased with all ages of cricketers taken into consideration.  The gear included stuff for children from five years upwards and also for the senior players in the club.

The equipment includes: bats; pads; balls; stumps (including fielding stumps); wicket keeping gloves; batting gloves; cones; gear bags; umpire’s counters; helmets and a drive mower.

Dyer expressed his gratitude to the WICB and DIGICEL for organizing the grant and pledged that his club would make maximum use of the equipment and ensure that they are well taken care of.

He used the opportunity to encourage other clubs on the island to get themselves organized and apply for similar assistance.  ‘Clubs can even team up in making the proposal,’ he noted.

The West Indies Cricket Board Digicel Grassroots Club Grant Programme concentrates on three basic areas:

 

1. Infrastructure development

2.   Strengthen training programmes

3.   Procurement of gears and equipment

Some of the clubs that have benefitted from the program, Caribbean wide include:

Antigua & Barbuda

Pigotts Sports Club – Cricket gears and drive mower

Barbados

Isolation Cavaliers – Pitches and cricket gears

Pickwick Cricket Club – Covers, nets, boundary rope, cricket equipment

St Catherine Sports and Social Club – Ground preparation and land filling

Dominica

Grand Bay Sports Committee – Covers, door and burglar bars

Guyana

Wakenaam Community Centre Ground – Sightscreen, ground leveling and rolling

Jamaica

St Catherine Cricket Club – Bowling machine, practice balls, training equipment

St Lucia

Choiseul Cricket Coach Programme – Coaches, playing surface, pitch construction and cricket gears

Trinidad & Tobago

First Citizens Clarke Road United – Cricket gears and coaching

Orange Field Sports Club – Drive mower

WICB Digicel Grassroots Grants Recipients – Period 2

Antigua & Barbuda

Liberta Sports Club – All weather batting nets

Grenada

St Andrew’s Cricket League – Gears and training programme

Guyana

Demerara Cricket Club – All weather batting nets

East Bank Demerara Cricket Association – Field and fencing

Georgetown Cricket Club – All weather batting nets

Jamaica

Kingston Cricket Club – Training programme

St Vincent & the Grenadines

Neil Williams Cricket Inc – Training programme

Trinidad & Tobago

Preysal Cricket Club – Gears and training programme

 

 

Antigua & Barbuda

Liberta Sports Club – Training programme

Dominica

Tete Morne Grand Bay – Training equipment

Grenada

St Andrews Cricket League – Washroom facilities

Jamaica

Kensington Cricket Club – Renovate clubhouse/gym

St Kitts & Nevis

Pennyless All Star Cricket Club (Nevis) – Training equipment

St Vincent & the Grenadines

Radcliffe Sports Club – Training equipment

Trinidad & Tobago

Alescon Comets Sports Club – Training programme

This brings the total disbursements over the three periods of the WICB Digicel Grassroots Club Grant Programme to over US$120,000.

 

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