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Stimulus packages received for cricket clubs
CRICKET clubs throughout the Caribbean have finally received their long-awaited stimulus package. It’s called the Grassroots Cricket Support Facility. The joint West Indies Cricket Board(WICB) and Digicel-sponsored initiative will see an injection of US$360 000 aimed at supporting club cricket across the entire Caribbean region.
The grant will make available US$90 000 to clubs across the region in four periods over two years.
“This is one of the most important initiatives the WICB will undertake to help strengthen cricket at the grassroots level,” Dr. Ernest Hilaire, CEO of the WICB said.
“We are focussing on the clubs throughout the region who have expressed how difficult it is to organise and sustain cricket and we are lending a hand in a tangible way.”
In order for West Indies cricket to once again ascend the international ladder, Hilaire highlighted the need for club cricket to remain strong within the region.
“West Indies cricket needs club cricket to be strong and we need to assist and give meaningful support. Club cricket is in dire need of a shoulder to lean on and this programme is one way in which we believe we can help build and strengthen West Indies cricket from the ground up.”
As part of the Grassroots Programme, a funding grant of up to US$5000 will be provided to twelve(12) community-based cricket organisations across each territory – Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Leeward Island, Trinidad and Tobago and Windward Island – to improve the quality and standards of local cricket grounds and training programs.
According to the criteria set forth by the WICB, to be eligible for the program, prospective clubs “must be able to show the WICB a current club structure with active participants. Clubs must also have a training facility readily available with permission already granted to use the training facility. Preference will be given to clubs that have a current training programme and have attracted the support of the local community, especially the young members of the community".
Funding for clubs will be available in three categories:
1) Facility Infrastructure Development – which includes the preparation of the playing surfaces, the installation of lights, refurbishment of washrooms and similar works.
2)Strengthening Training Programs – where assistance will be provided in the preparation of a formal training programme to be used at each facility with the aid of a certified WICB Coach. A member of the Club will also receive training in Coaching to assist in the execution of the training programme.
3) Training Gear and Equipment – such as bats, pads, balls, coolers and equipment such as mowers, rollers, etc. to assist in the execution of the training programme or infrastructure development.
“We want to have partnerships with clubs all across the region because these are where West Indies players come from…We have to not only recognise that, but demonstrate to the clubs, that the WICB is serious about assisting them as they execute their programmes and activities which benefit all of in West Indies cricket,” Hilaire added.
The four periods of the grant execution are: March 2011 – June 2011, July 2011 – December 2011, February 2012 – June 2011 and July 2012 – December 2012.
Deadline for applications – which can be found at www.windiescricket.com – for the first period is February 21. (AH)