A collaboration between the private sector and the Region Four, Regional Democratic Council (RDC) has resulted in the inaugural RDC/Lloyd W.P. Britton REO Inter Secondary School cricket competition bowling off May 14 in four venues.
Sixteen teams will vie for the title with the final set for May 24 tentatively at the Lusignan Community Center Ground, East Coast Demerara.
The knock out competition will be a 40-overs-a-side affair with the National Sports Commission providing some of the gear.
According to the RDC, this will forge a way to help with the development of the sport amongst the youths in the region while tackling social ills that have become a problem.
Businessman Lloyd Britton said that the competition was a long-time dream for him. “I must say that I was very excited by the REO’s readiness and willingness to have the competition played among the secondary schools within her region.”
He said that while he cannot sponsor the entire competition he is very pleased to have learnt that a number of other businessmen have pledged to assist with this and other competitions. “I feel that if the youths are given more opportunities at developing and or showcasing their skills and talent then they would be consumed with more positive vibes and activities thus helping them to shun the negative actions, that seems to be controlling many of them today,” Britton opined.
Regional Executive Officer (REO), Pauline Lucas was in high praises of Britton’s support and the partnership noting that it has played a pivotal role in making the competition that was a mere idea a few weeks ago a reality. “What had made me very happy is to see that we still have people within our region who are genuinely committed to youth development and is prepared to lend whatever support is required in making these initiatives a reality,” an elated REO said.
REO Lucas disclosed that the competition is expected to be an annual feature during the independence period.