Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 31st 2016 Contents Fifty-two primary school cricket
coaches were formally trained and
certified by Cricket Australia after
participating in a recent week-long
workshop in the Atlantic Coaching
Excellence (ACE) programme.
The workshop was conducted by
Cricket Australia Instructor, Darren
Holder and exposed thirty coaches
to international best practice in Level
1 cricket skills and another twenty-
two (22) to Level 2 cricket skills, equip-
ping both groups to more profession-
ally groom their Under-13 charges
who participate in the annual Atlantic
National Primary Schools Cricket
Since its inception in 2013, ACE
has now certified 410 cricket coaches
from across T&T (374 at Level 1 and
36 at Level 2). Derek Daniel, Branding
and Communications Manager,
Atlantic explained that the ACE pro-
gramme is endorsed by the Ministry
of Education and will form part of
the requirement for all coaches
involved in the National Primary
Schools cricket and football leagues.
Coaches must be registered with the
respective national sporting body and
must be actively involved in coaching
at the primary school level.
"Atlantic is quite satisfied with the
level of progress we are seeing in pri-
mary school cricket since we intro-
duced the ACE programme," Daniel
said. "The coaches are now better
able to nurture and develop the natural
talent that is very much available in
all eight educational districts and you
can see it with the number of excep-
tional performances this season, for
example Maria La Foucade from
Guayaguayare RC who with 182 runs
and 4 wickets helped her team win
the Atlantic National Primary Schools
Cricket League Girls Championships."
Holder said that based on the
enthusiasm of the participating coach-
es, local primary school cricket was
in safe hands.
"Following the recent success of
the West Indies teams in the U19
World Cup and in the Senior Female
and Male T20 World Cups, it was
great to see the eagerness of the
coaches to improve their coaching
abilities to share with the next gen-
eration of aspiring cricketers," Holder
said. "The challenge remains for all
coaches to provide a fantastic learning
environment for the boys and girls
to fall in love with cricket and develop
a deep desire to grow as young people,
develop their skills and compete and
Brent Francis, President of the
Atlantic National Primary Schools
Cricket League affirmed the value of
training and certifying the coaches.
"Programmes like ACE play an
integral part in ensuring our coaches
receive the best training possible in
order to nurture the talents of bud-
ding cricketers," Francis said. "The
2016 season is a good indication of
what is to come."
The ACE programme was launched
by LNG producer Atlantic in 2013 as
a means of providing coaches with
certifiable levels of professional train-
ing that would help ensure the holistic
physical and emotional development
of primary school athletes.
ACE certified cricket coaches are
granted automatic access to Cricket
Australia s database where they receive
valuable updates on the sport. Coach-
es must also be recertified every three
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Coaches ramp up skills in ACE Cricket Clinic
BRIDGETOWN---A galaxy of former
West Indies stars converged on
Kensington Oval for a celebrity game
in Barbados Thursday night, to mark
the 80th birthday of cricket legend
Sir Garfield Sobers.
Thousands of spectators turned up
to witness the contest that saw the
Sir Garry XI defeat Brian Lara s XI by
ten wickets, in a Twenty20 affected
Sir Garry, Barbados only living
National Hero, is considered the finest
cricketer to have played the game.
Lara, a former West Indies captain
and widely considered the best bats-
man of his generation, joined the likes
of Sir Curtly Ambrose, Courtney
Walsh, Carl Hooper, Collis King, Ottis
Gibson along with Sri Lankan great
Arjuna Rantunga, in paying tribute
to Sir Garry.
Sent in, Lara s XI rallied to 156 for
seven off their 20 overs, with Lara
top-scoring with 41 and Combined
Campuses and Colleges Aaron Jones
chipping in with 40.
The 47-year-old Lara unfurled
some vintage strokes on both sides
of the wicket in a knock that lasted
35 balls and included five fours and
He put on 49 for the second wicket
with former Barbados and West Indies
opener Philo Wallace (19) and added
a further 24 for the third with Jones.
Lara was dismissed in dramatic
fashion bowled by West Indies
Women leg-spinner Shaquana Quin-
tyne. He blocked the first three deliv-
eries of Quintyne s opening over
before dragging on the fourth.
In reply, Sir Garry s XI were dom-
inant as they chased down a revised
target of 92 off ten overs, to win with
11 deliveries remaining.
They were propelled by former
West Indies batsman Dale Richards
who slammed an unbeaten 59 from
28 balls, while Hooper finished 27 not
out off 21 deliveries.
Richards, who played three Tests
and eight ODIs, hammered six fours
and four sixes as Hooper opted for
the supporting role with two bound-
aries and a six.
The affair, attended by Prime Min-
ister Freundel Stuart and fast bowling
legend Sir Wes Hall, featured a cultural
display including dance and stilt-
walking which depicted the life and
exploits of Sir Garry. CMC
Darren Holder, left, Cricket Australia trainer with participants in the recent Atlantic Coaching Excellence (ACE) cricket clinic.
Stars converge to celebrate Sir Garry
Sir Garry Sobers, middle, poses with captains of the respective teams,
Brian Lara, left, and Carl Hooper prior to the start of the game.
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