The Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club’s annual cricket academy is finally returning after a two-year hiatus, with more than 120 to benefit.
Since its formation in 1990, the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club has hosted an annual cricket academy, apart from 2020 and 2021, as part of its cricket developmental programme.
In this year’s two-week academy, 120 youths are expected to participate.
RHTYSC Secretary/CEO Hilbert Foster said the academy is very important for the future of the club as it will ensure players are identified for theUnder-13, Under-15, Under-17 and Under-19 teams.
RHTYSC stated that special emphasis will be placed on females, with the club looking to attract close to 20 girls between the ages of 10-14.
A battery of four coaches will conduct the academy and will be on the lookout for promising talents while improving their techniques and knowledge of the game.
Foster heads the organising committee for the academy that will be stationed at the Area H Ground and in the compound of the Rose Hall Town Primary School.
Training will be held between 9:00hrs to 13:00hrs daily from July 18 to August 2.
Sessions in the academy will also involve classroom sessions on topics such as the importance of discipline, history of cricket, role of a sports ambassador, table manners, fielding positions, public speaking, rules of cricket and public manners.
Foster also said the club is determined to develop its players on and off the cricket field as most of them would not go on to play cricket at the professional level.
Each young cricketer at the academy will receive a school bag and educational materials while numerous prizes are up for grabs including bicycles, tablets, food hampers, cricket uniforms, food hampers and household items among others.
Approximately 50 youths from the Guyana Police Force Community Outreach Programme will be involved in the academy, with free transportation provided for the youths.
Over the years, over 100 players involved in the academy have gone on to play for either Berbice, Guyana or the West Indies.