DIGICEL WITH WEST INDIES PROVIDE ST. LEONARD’S BOYS THE TRAINING EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME!

Digicel is continuing to lead the way in inspiring Barbadian’s sporting youth to aspire to the highest level of success with its latest developmental initiative.

West Indies fast bowler, Shannon Gabriel teaches this youngster several ways of gripping the ball before delivery.

West Indies fast bowler, Shannon Gabriel teaches this youngster several ways of gripping the ball before delivery.

One day before the start of the first test match between the West Indies and Zimbabwe, Digicel gave 15 young cricketers the training experience of a lifetime, when students from the St. Leonard’s Boys Secondary School were invited to the mecca of West Indies cricket, the Kensington Oval, to receive first hand training and gain invaluable insight into the game they love from members of the West Indies Cricket team.

Historic jog! The members of the St. Leonard’s Boys Secondary Under 13 and Under 15 teams taking their warm up job around the mecca, the Kensington Oval.

Historic jog! The members of the St. Leonard’s Boys Secondary Under 13 and Under 15 teams taking their warm up job around the mecca, the Kensington Oval.

Following the regional team’s official practice on Monday 11 March, the 15 youngsters underwent a fun-filled, interactive training session, where they were taken through a number of exercises, including warm-ups, stretches, batting, bowling and fielding drills, all while receiving a number of helpful tips, tricks and secrets from West Indies players, fast-bowler Kemar Roach, veteran batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul, left-handed batsman and sharp fielder Narsingh Deonarine and rising fast-bowler Shannon Gabriel.

Commercial Director of Digicel (Barbados) Limited, Alex Tasker, said the session was part of Digicel’s ongoing efforts to assist with the development of cricket in Barbados at the youth level: “Whenever the West Indies team comes to Barbados we engage some of the local school children, usually by inviting them to the matches. However, this year we endeavoured to be different and come up with something we believe would have a greater impact and leave a lasting impression on the youngsters. By interacting directly with the West Indies players we’ve given the boys the invaluable opportunity to learn from them, as they are the ones these youngsters look up to and aspire to be like in the next 5 to 10 years.”

West Indies batsman, Narsingh Deonarine, imparting some knowledge.

West Indies batsman, Narsingh Deonarine, imparting some knowledge.

Over the last few years the St. Leonard’s lads have been continually improving their level of performance in the local junior competitions, becoming one of the more consistent teams, which was the reason for them being chosen this year.

West Indies players, Shannon Gabriel (second from left), Kemar Roach (fourth from left), Shivnarine Chanderpaul (eighth from left) and Narsingh Deonarine (fifth from right) with the players and coaches of the St. Leonard’s Boys Secondary School. Also with them are Digicel’s Senior Marketing Executive, Krystle Smith (left) and Marketing Executive, Randy Howard (right)

West Indies players, Shannon Gabriel (second from left), Kemar Roach (fourth from left), Shivnarine Chanderpaul (eighth from left) and Narsingh Deonarine (fifth from right) with the players and coaches of the St. Leonard’s Boys Secondary School. Also with them are Digicel’s Senior Marketing Executive, Krystle Smith (left) and Marketing Executive, Randy Howard (right)

St. Leonard’s Under 15 Captain, Deswin Currency, spoke on behalf of the youngsters, indicating that they were so excited when they heard about the session: “To go out on the field and actually play with Shiv, Kemar, Narsingh and Shannon was incredible. We love to watch the West Indies play, they are our idles and we want to be just like them, so to be on the field so close to them, talking to them and getting tips to make us better cricketers is something we would never forget. Thanks for an experience Digicel.”

West Indies fast bowler, Kemar Roach, signs autographs for the eager young cricketers after a fun-filled session.

West Indies fast bowler, Kemar Roach, signs autographs for the eager young cricketers after a fun-filled session.

Acting Physical Education Coordinator at St. Leonard’s Boys Secondary, Christopher Trotman, said the experience would go a long way towards boosting the confidence of the boys: “It’s one thing for them to watch these players or even get their autographs, but to actually be trained by them, have an opportunity to ask them questions, and play the sport they love with them, is something which I think this will inspire the boys to perform even better going forward.”

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