About 20 youngsters a day attended the cricket summer camp hosted by the Department of Youth and Sports and the Cayman Islands Cricket Association (CIAA) held at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex from last week.
The campers, though small in number had big fun, said camp director, Andy Myles.
‘I did not concentrate too much on the technical aspects of the game. Rather I focused on developing their love of the game. That is what we do with kids at this age,’ Mr. Myles explained.
This is not to say that Coach Myles and senior national team player Roland Ebanks did not show campers the proper ways to hold a cricket bat or to bowl.
Despite some rainy days, the youngsters realised their dream of chalking up the runs. ‘I hit so many sixes they had to retire me,’ bragged young Shaquil Bush, who at age 11 was one of the oldest kids in the camp.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education Training, Employment Youth and Sports, Mrs. Angela Martins, said she was happy that a government agency was able to help parents shoulder some of the burden of summer vacation.
‘I am sure parents are pleased that we have been able to offer these camps this summer because they help to bridge the gap between school and the summer session. This gives parents a break and gives youngsters a chance to learn something new about a particular sport. It’s good that the Department of Sports has put together such an interesting and impressive group of camps,’ she said.
The cricket camp was held at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex because the field at the Smith Road Oval was saturated due to hurricane Emily.
A second cricket camp for youngsters aged 12 years and up is currently in progress. For more information regarding this free camp call the Department of Youth and Sports at 949-7082.