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Cricket association concludes regional coaching programme

May 8, 2017, 11:11 AM

Grassroots development is key on the Gambia Cricket Association’s agenda, thus it is not relenting on its exertion to spread the game across the country.

The just-ended regional coaching programme is a justification of the association’s vow towards realizing its goal. It has succeeded in putting up five different leagues within the Greater Banjul Area.

Officials say playing active cricket at the regions remains crucial as a priority. 

A total of 30 developmental coaches concluded a four-day coaching programme across the four regions on Friday 5 May 2017.

The visited regions were LRR, CRR, URR, and NBR. The coaches introduced school children to the basic skills of batting, balling, and fielding.

Thirty schools and nearly a thousand students participated in the programme. The schools were also presented with cricket materials.

Mr Baboucarr Boye, a teacher at Banni Lower Basic School in CRR, described the programme as timely.

He urged the other sports associations to emulate the Gambia Cricket Association.

Lamin Ceesay, a pupil at Soma Lower Basic, said he has now developed great interest for the game. He said he and his friends will continue to play the game at the school.

The coaches on the other hand were very impressed with the response from the schools and the level of interest of the children to play the game.

Mr Prince Johnson, a female cricket coach, was overwhelmed about the attitude of the children towards the game.

“I am definitely happy to see such a positive response from the schools. I think the future is bright for cricket in the country,” he boldly said.

The association is also planning to conduct an umpiring programme for the regions in the coming weeks.

Cricket is one of the fastest growing sports in the country. More than a thousand children in the Kanifing Municipality and West Coast Region were introduced to the game during the last summer camp.