All in the game

Jason Holder signs an autograph for one of the children.
Jason Holder signs an autograph for one of the children.

BIRMINGHAM – West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo along with team-mates Darren Sammy and Jason Holder travelled to The Oval today for a special coaching clinic with three local London schools as part of the International Cricket Council’s THINK WISE partnership with UNICEF and UNAIDS.

The trio attended the clinic alongside fielding coach Andre Coley and took part in a session delivered by Cricket Without Boundaries.

The 60 children had the chance to learn about the skills involved with cricket, batting, bowling and fielding, from the players and coach, while also understanding the background of THINK WISE and learning about HIV and AIDS awareness.

Each player dropped into the different sessions and then the children had the chance to ask the players questions about their cricketing careers and how important it was to be responsible and concentrate on studying in order to improve oneself and one’s cricketing prospects.

Bravo said: “It’s always important to take time out and work with children during our busy schedule for the ICC Champions Trophy. We like to be able to come and share our expertise with the kids and I’m also grateful to Darren, Jason and Andre for taking the time to come down too.

‘Very important’

“It’s very important to get kids aware of HIV and AIDS at an early age, just like sport, the earlier you get involved in something the quicker you learn about it. It’s good that THINK WISE is taking the initiative to educate children about HIV and AIDS and I am happy to have been here and I really enjoyed the experience.”

Holder who is at his first senior ICC men’s tournament, having previously represented West Indies in the U19 Cricket World Cup in 2010, added: “It was a very good day and a new experience and I thoroughly enjoyed working with all the young kids here and I think England has a bright future with children like the ones here today.

“It’s always good to have some downtime away from training and be a part of something new like this and to work with these kids it really warms the heart.

“I think that THINK WISE is a very good imitative and it’s great that these three organisations, the ICC, UNAIDS and UNICEF, have come together for this tournament. Hopefully the partnership will continue to grow from strength to strength for years to come,” Holder said. (windiescricket)

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