IN the Saint Lucia National Cricket Association’s (SLNCA) quest to identify Saint Lucia and West Indies next cricketing star it has partnered with Cricket West Indies (CWI) to host the CWI/ SLNCA Under 15 Development Programme in five districts around island. The programme starts this weekend.
According to SLNCA 1st Vice President, Shaun Alcindor, “The association has aimed as much as possible to decentralize this programme whilst trying to target as many young ladies as possible to get involved in cricket nationally”.
The Gros Islet Clusters will be under the watchful eyes of coaches Dalton Polius, Swayline Williams, and Malaika Edward (mentor), Saint Lucia and Windward Islands cricketer.
Coach Eldridge Charles takes charge of the Castries cluster. Alongside him will be Malcolm Monrose (assistant) and Yasmine St Ange (mentor).
La Ressource, Dennery will have coaches Clivus Jules, David Olliver and Hannah Modeste.
Vieux Fort, will have two coaches namely, Craig Emmanuel and Audy Alexander with Nicole Charles as mentor, while Choiseul will be under the watchful eyes of coaches Roylin Cooper, Mervie Williams and Junior Henry.
Alcindor said, “The association is working assiduously to empower our women and as such we have ensured that there are as many female coaches engaged in each cluster as possible”.
“We have also intended to make use of our young cricketers so that their interest and passion for cricket continues and additionally they can inspire the next generation of cricketers,” he added.
The SLNCA has donated cricket gear to all the clusters so they could commence their training over the course of this week. Former national cricketer, now Level 3 certified coach, Walter Emmanuel is the programme coordinator for its duration.