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GREENVALE: JAMAICA

1st August 2012 by , | No Comments

I blogged recently that I was going to be in Jamaica for work in early August. 

Well I am here right now in the company of  Mike Sandle, Team Manager of the New Zealand Black Caps, our men’s national cricket team, and two of the team Chris Martin and Dean Brownlie.  We left Kingston early this morning for the two hour drive to Greenvale where we are visiting a small project funded by the New Zealand government.   There was a tremendous turn-out with around 300 people attending the opening  ceremony and it was great to be able to see the project first hand and to hear from the people in the local community who are delivering opportunity to local youth.   I gained a real insight into the nature of the training workshops and the importance of the sporting facilities in assisting adolescent boys and girls to chart their way forward into constructive and contributing roles in Jamaican society. For sure one of the highlights is the coaching clinic and batting and bowling competition run by Chris and Dean in which the youth participated with enthusiasm.  Prizes of cricket bats and hats were given to the most promising players.  They are, of course, dyed in the wool  West Indies supporters, which means that come 11am tomorrow when the Second Test Match starts at Sabina Park in Kingston, they will be cheering on their local heroes.

Batting practice with Dean Brownlie at Greenvale Community Sports Club

Youngsters from Greenvale Community Sports Club line up for battting practice at the coaching clinic

Mike Sandle and Dean Brownlie at coaching clinic

Dean Brownlie with participants at the coaching clinic

Chris Martin presenting a cricket bat to a promising player at the Greenvale Community Sports Club

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