PRESS RELEASE – The Northern Cluster Grassroots Cricket Programme closes its 2014 youth cricket development programme with a celebratory open house and awards ceremony on Saturday December 20th at the Beausejour Cricket Ground.
The cricket cluster grassroots programme was one of a number set up in region by the West Indies Cricket Board to provide quality coaching for the next generation of cricketers.
The northern cluster is headed by national cricket coach Alton Crafton and has been in existence for two years now.
Currently there are over 90 students enrolled in the programme, with a number of them performed outstandingly with their respective school teams, the St. Lucia and Windward Island cricket squads.
This week-end’s open house is designed to introduce the youth development cricket programme to the general public and to seek financial support for the programme. There will be food and drink on sale during the open house from 11:00am – 4:00pm.
Since funding for the programme has been cut by Digicel and reduced by the WICB, parents have rallied to keep the programme alive through fundraising events, including this Saturday’s open house. A mountain bike is being raffled as part of the day’s programme. There will be cricket matches and other fund activities.
Saturday’s programme also includes a short awards ceremony at 3:00pm recognising the young cricketers for their achievements, enthusiasm and promise.
The Northern Cluster Grassroots Cricket Programme is a not-for-profit organisation endorsed by the West Indies Cricket Board, the St. Lucia Cricket Association and the Ministry of Youth and Sports.