Primary school cricket team receives ‘cool’ support from CIBC FirstCaribbean
A fledgling cricket team at the Vauxhall Primary School received some refreshing support from CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank this week, when the financial services provider presented the team with its first water coolers.
Principal, Lionel Stoute, said that with the coolers, water and other beverages would be directly on hand to hydrate the boys and give them an extra energy boost. He added that playing cricket would benefit the school in several ways. “For one, it will help the students to transfer some of the knowledge from the game, such as determination and not giving up, into the classroom. This will help to develop their academic side and also give those not fully academic an opportunity to realise their strength in other areas. This should bode well for the future.”
The new team which has been practicing in earnest since January is hoping to enter its first tournament, the Herman Griffith Cricket Tournament in the new school year. Until then, they meet every Saturday morning for three hours under the tutelage of coach, William Perkins and assistant coach, Ian Marshall, who is also a teacher at the school.
After the presentation of the coolers, Marshall said that the boys, about 15 of whom attend practice regularly, were progressing well. “Even though a lot of the members at the sessions have not really had exposure (to cricket before) they are responding well and we’re very hopeful.”
Principal Stoute in thanking CIBC FirstCaribbean said, “We’re entirely grateful for the assistance from the bank and look forward to a continued relationship with them.”
The bank has previously supported the school on several occasions. In 2012 staff from the Sheraton Centre branch assisted with setting up a breakfast programme at the school through the banks’ Adopt-A-Cause programme which allows its departments to lend tangible and financial assistance to worthy causes, especially within the communities the bank serves. The bank also donated challenge trophies for the school’s graduation that year.
CIBC FirstCaribbean Manager, Retail Banking Channels, Paige Bryan in making the presentation to the school, said that the bank was happy to continue its relationship with the school since it sought to pursue initiatives which were wholesome and would lead to the holistic development of students.