Full praise for ‘Life’
One of the legacy programmes of the 2007 cricket World Cup has come in for praise from National Sports Council deputy director Neil Murrell.
He has lauded the work done by the reformative Sport For Life initiative after personally witnessing the impact it has had on the participating children.
Murrell gave tribute to the programme during Saturday’s opening ceremony for the 2013/2014 term at Kensington Oval.
“What I have seen over these six years are children who have come in and had various challenges and after they have left, I can’t say all the challenges have been surmounted, but a lot of the challenges have been overcome,” Murrell said.
“That is testament to the wonderful work of both the counsellors and (director) Mrs (Kathy) Harper-Hall. And because it’s a sporting set-up, we know the whole concept of sport relates to discipline, team work, setting goals and you will certainly see a different child at the end of this session around.
“We [at the National Sports Council] believe that this programme is integral for them to work their challenges out and for them to fulfil their ultimate goal as being top sports people in Barbados,” he added.
Now in its sixth year running, the Sport For Life initiative teaches children life skills along with providing remedial studies in mathematics, English, information technology and conversational Spanish while coaching basic cricketing skills.
Former chief executive officer for World Cup Barbados Stephen Alleyne was a co-creator of the legacy project of the 2007 World Cup.
His passion is one shared by the Cricket Legends of Barbados, who have supported the programme.
“Yes, the cricket legends have reached great heights in cricket but most of them had challenges as youths as well,” Cricket Legends representative Kenneth Payne said.
“They overcame those challenges and they’re more than willing to pass on that knowledge of what they did to get past the challenges that they had.”
The initiative runs in a trimester system from September to June and the participants graduate at the end of the programme with a big ceremony. (JM)