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Police to assist Scotiabank Kiddy Cricketers

- Neighbourhood officers receiving coaching skills facilitated by West Indies Cricket Board
From left: Mr Junie Mitchum, WICB; Andy Davis, Scotiabank; Acting Commissioner of Police Alwin James; Charlie Jackson and Acting Inspector Tilda Henry at the launching of the Kiddy Cricket Joint Initiative. Photo: Provided
Action from the Scotiabank/WICB Kiddy Cricket Easter Festival Championship at the A. O. Shirley Recreation Grounds on Friday April 25, 2014. Photo: VINO/File
Action from the Scotiabank/WICB Kiddy Cricket Easter Festival Championship at the A. O. Shirley Recreation Grounds on Friday April 25, 2014. Photo: VINO/File
The Scotiabank-sponsored Kiddy Cricket programme, which was introduced to the territory in 2004, is aimed at helping primary school children develop a life-long passion for cricket. Since 1998, the banking institution has been advancing the sport of cricket whether through celebrating cricket’s heritage or developing cricket-themed educational programmes for children. Photo: VINO/File
The Scotiabank-sponsored Kiddy Cricket programme, which was introduced to the territory in 2004, is aimed at helping primary school children develop a life-long passion for cricket. Since 1998, the banking institution has been advancing the sport of cricket whether through celebrating cricket’s heritage or developing cricket-themed educational programmes for children. Photo: VINO/File
ROADTOWN, Tortola, VI – Members of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force Community Division have joined ranks with the British Virgin Islands Cricket Association to assist in further developing the WICB/Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket Programme into Primary Schools.

The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force Neighbourhood officers continue to make their contribution toward encouraging values of discipline, teamwork and respect in children while, at the same time, expanding the efforts of the BVI Cricket Association and Scotiabank to advance cricket in the Territory.

Through the Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket programme, neighbourhood officers are receiving coaching skills facilitated by the West Indies Cricket Board. The ultimate aim is to launch a Primary School Kiddy Cricket League with existing and newly qualified coaches in every school in the territory by the end of January 2016.

Coordinator for the Kiddy Cricket Programme, Charlie E. Jackson noted his delight at the partnership established between the RVIPF and the Kiddy Cricket Programme. “Today marks a very important step in the progress of cricket on the islands of Tortola and Virgin Gorda as we are very pleased to be partnering with the RVIPF Community Division. A lot of ground work has gone into this day and I would like to thank Sergeant Kevin Joseph in Virgin Gorda who had the original idea and Acting Inspector Tilda Henry who was the driving force behind the partnership,” he said.

Mr Jackson noted that many of the Neighbourhood Officers are either cricketers themselves or are from another sport with an understanding of the importance of a structured programme designed to help youth grow and develop as positive members of society.

Acting Commissioner's endorsement

The RVIPF/Kiddy Cricket partnership, which was birth out of a need to increase the number of coaches across the territory, was fully endorsed by the Acting Commissioner of Police Alwin James. “The RVIPF is pleased to partner with the West Indies Cricket Board, BVI Cricket Association and Scotiabank in this initiative. It is a great opportunity for the RVIPF to engage with the youth of our Territory. We relish any opportunity that has diversionary activities for our young people; to use their energies in the positive ways and at the same time have an opportunity to influence their behaviour in the future,” Mr James said.

Representative of Scotiabank, Andy Davis noted his organisation’s pride to have the RVIPF onboard in supporting Kiddy Cricket in the Territory. “Cricket definitely provides an avenue for mentorship. It definitely provides an avenue for kids to develop themselves, to be more athletic and to able to channel their efforts in a positive way. I think this is an excellent initiative and Scotiabank is indeed proud to be part of it,” he said.

WICB Regional Development Officer, Junie Mitchum gave high marks to the proposal to have police officers assist as coaches. “I think it is a very good initiative to have the policemen be part of the programme which would help to bring guidance to the participants,” Mitchell said.

Mitchum also gave tribute to Scotiabank for their continued support to the children’s cricket programme in the Caribbean. “I commend Scotiabank for their continuous sponsorship. This is their 15th anniversary sponsoring Kiddy Cricket which is a significant milestone. On behalf of the West Indies Cricket Board, I want to commend Scotiabank.”

The Scotiabank-sponsored Kiddy Cricket programme, which was introduced to the territory in 2004, is aimed at helping primary school children develop a life-long passion for cricket. Since 1998, the banking institution has been advancing the sport of cricket whether through celebrating cricket’s heritage or developing cricket-themed educational programmes for children.

11 Responses to “Police to assist Scotiabank Kiddy Cricketers”

  • island man (11/11/2015, 10:27) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    good to see the kids learning the game!
  • good idea (11/11/2015, 10:51) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    I think this is a good idea but when we looking for cops we cant find them. So instead of being on the streets they on the cricket pitch?

    All they good for is seat belt tickets.
    • LOL (11/11/2015, 12:08) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      Guess the sport of the moment is Crickett. Lol. Basketball, soccer, track and volleyball all on back burner because the corporate buzz sport is now Crickett.
  • long look me come from (11/11/2015, 14:25) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    this is not a sports for local teach um basketball and softball
    • CRICKET (11/11/2015, 15:34) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      Cricket is very much a "local" West Indian and a Caribbean sport. Perhaps you need to move to America!
  • lara (11/11/2015, 15:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    They need to go buy a couple air mattresses for the prisoners to sleep on.
  • Who cares! (11/11/2015, 16:51) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    There is no local or expat sports so stop this none sense . Children need to be exposed to all sports . Let them choose . Fed up of all this insularity nonsense .
  • JO (12/11/2015, 18:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Dey nedd 2 get cricket 4 de secondary schools
  • KC (12/11/2015, 22:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    cricket is alive and now there is lots of money involved.
    youths plz try this sport u can make it very far


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