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Sierra Leone News: Kent Cricket boosts clubs, schools with equipment

The Kent Cricket Club, in partnership with the Sierra Leone Cricket Association and with support from the Lord’s Taverners, on Thursday 11 April 2019, officially presented equipment, clothing and footwear to the Sierra Leone women’s national cricket team. According to the Chair of Kent Cricket Club, apart of the National Womens team, a new Community Cricket project team that has performed well over the years, Jui Community Cricket, received clothing, footwear and equipment. Alongside this, two Division One football teams, Ibrahim FC and a Division two football team, Philip FC, received playing shirts, trousers, socks, footballs and football boots. Further, a local volleyball team, Solar Spikers Volleyball Club received playing shirts and trousers. The British High Commissioner to Sierra Leone, Guy Warrington, was the guest of honour. He thanked the Lord’s Taverners for the charitable gesture. He said that Sierra Leone Cricket will not grow if efforts to acquire pitches is not embraced. He revealed that Cricket is the most successful sport in the country with admirable international records. The Chief Executive of the club, Emmanuel Pessima, said the items were delivered to him by the Lord’s Taverners Charity Foundation, an organization that wants to give young people the chance to play the game of cricket. He said cricket is growing rapidly in the country and the game is now played in some of the schools. According to the Chief Executive Officer of the Sierra Leone Cricket Association, Francis Samura, Kent is helping cricket to grow more than any other cricket clubs in the country. He revealed that they have just rolled out the ICC growth strategy aimed at increasing participation at all levels. He stated that they cannot achieve that without embarking on nationwide grassroots cricket ventures with school cricket as one of such development. Other key personalities who were in attendance included John Hunt from Tilford CC in the UK; Sahid Conteh, Assistant Director of Physical Education at the Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education; Ibrahim Omarr Sesay, Ex Sierra Leone Cricketer based in the UK; CEO and Deputy CEO Sierra Leone Cricket Association, Physical Education Teachers from various schools, members of the fourth estate and members from the Sierra Leone cricketing family.

13/4/19

By Bernard Turay

Tel: 077579484/076829887

Monday April 15, 2019.

 

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