Scotiabank welcomes Ellerton Special Education Unit to Kiddy Cricket Program

A spirit of inclusion and celebration was in the air when the Ellerton Special Education Unit officially joined the Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket program. Along with St. Joseph Primary and People’s Cathedral Primary, the unit received their Kiddy Cricket equipment kits during a flag-raising ceremony which launched the school’s Independence week of celebrations.

Adding to the excitement was the presence of Barbados cricketer Ryan Nurse, a multi-talented athlete who has also competed for Barbados in CARIFTA and the Special Olympics. Nurse delighted the children by willingly signing autographs and going one-on-one with several of the aspiring young cricketers to show them how to use the new equipment.

The unit which is part of the Ellerton Primary School, is the first special-needs school or unit in Barbados to join the Kiddy Cricket program, a fact hailed by Barbados Cricket Association first vice-president Deighton Smith who declared that “everyone should be included.” The children in the program will be coached by Special Olympics-trained cricket coaches Carlos Merritt and Milton Small.

Ellerton practice shot

(from left, foreground) Barbados cricketer Ryan Nurse watches on as students Akeel Jacobs and Keshawn Elliott try out the new bats in their Kiddy Cricket equipment kit.

Scotiabank’s Wildey branch manager Brian Clarke noted that the kit presentations highlighted a little-seen but vital part of the Kiddy Cricket program – the after school coaching.

“The part that most people see and know about is seeing the children during the lunch break at international games playing their mini-matches on the field or serving as ball boys and girls. And while these interval displays are exciting and visible, it all comes down to the after-school coaching program. That is the foundation,” stressed Clarke.

He also took the opportunity to launch the 2014 Kiddy Cricket Festival which will be held from December 16th to 18th at Weymouth.

Principal of Ellerton Primary, Mrs. Donna Allman thanked Scotiabank and the West Indies Cricket Board for “this wonderful opportunity to have an investment into the special unit.”

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