Thursday, 23 August, 2012 – The Ministry of Youth Development and Sports in collaboration with the West Indies Cricket Board and the Sandals Foundation on Monday August 13,2012 launched the regional under-15 high performance cricket camp 2012 designed to develop the next generation of West Indies cricket stars.
Now in its twelth year the high performance camps seeks to improve the skills of the young cricketers by exposing them to modern techniques associated to the game of cricket.
Speaking during a ceremony to launch the initiative,Saint Lucia’s Minister for Sports and Youth Development Honourable Shawn Edward said the Government of Saint Lucia is fully supportive of the regional under-15 high performance cricket camp.
“Apart from enhancing the cricket skills of our young players the program is diversified to include public speaking and healthy lifestyle initiatives which are two critical components of the ideal Caribbean Youth as reported in a document recently presented by the Guyana based Commonwealth Youth program. Our youth in Saint Lucia and the wider Caribbean appear to be socially and emotionally vulnerable and as a result programs targeted at assisting them must be holistic and well rounded so as to deal with glaring deficiencies”.
Sponsored by the Sandals Foundation and Sandals Hotel chain from its inception,the regional under-15 high performance cricket camp affords the young cricketers the opportunity to rub shoulders with cricket legends who coach the youngsters.
Minister Edwards says the camp emphasises the level of corporate support necessary for the advancement of sports throughout the region.
“The Government of Saint Lucia and the Ministry for Youth Development and Sports in particular welcomes this opportunity to sincerely compliment the Sandals Foundation and Sandals Hotel chain for the tremendous investment which they have made to the development of youth in Saint Lucia and across the region,the Sandals Group had the vision to use outstanding West Indians cricketers of the past to harness and bolster the skill of our budding under 15 crickets,in Saint Lucia where we had not produced a professional senior male cricketer up until recently the Sandals cricket academy proved to be a major fillip for the development of cricket on the island”.
The 2012 regional under-15 high performance cricket camp was launched simultaneously in Saint Lucia and Antigua and will run for two weeks.
A number of upcoming world class players like Johnson Charles and Keddy Lesporis are products of the Sandals sponsored initiative.