Cheers to 15 years!
St Philip Cricket programme celebrated
The St Philip Cricket Programme is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year.
“I wanted to develop young talented players who are good enough to play at the under 13, 14, 15 and 16 levels,” founder of the programme Trevor Alleyne told Barbados TODAY.
The retired prison officer said he decided to form the programme while he was assisting Spartan Club with its junior programme and decided to form one in St Philip.
“A committee comprising physical education teachers in St Philip was formed. The teachers recommend the players from the parish to the programme and we coach them,” Alleyne said.
He stated that so far the programme had produced a number of outstanding young players. Among them are two Lord Gavron winners Aaron Jones and Anthony Alleyne, two other members Shian Brathwaite and Maxwell Lewis also won scholarships to Shebbear College in Devon.
Alleyne said in its 15 years the St Philip Cricket Programme had toured England three times and had also visited St Vincent, Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis, and Trinidad and Tobago. This year as part of the 15th anniversary celebrations, Alleyne and his young charges will be going to Guyana from August 11 to 25.
Some of the other youth cricketers who have graduated from the programme are Shayle Mosley, Mario Rampersaud, Justin Brathwaite and Ronaldo Brathwaite.
According to Alleyne, the parents of the children enrolled in the programme are very helpful.
“I would like to thank the public-minded people of St Philip, including my wife Betty who have given yeoman service to the St Philip Cricket Programme in the past 15 years. Based on what I have seen in the programme, the future of Barbados cricket is very bright,” he said.