“I can’t believe I’m doing this!” The words burst unbidden from my mouth when I spotted my mode of transport to Anguilla from St Maarten on September 23.
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Novel Sports brings technology to young cricketers
Developing the future stars of T&T to sustain cricket supremacy requires a dedicated coaching and technical staff. Creating an environment where young kids can experience teamwork, love for the game, mental focus and get a taste of high performance training is key for their transition to mature cricketers.
The Novel Sports Cricket Camp presently ongoing at Naparima College, San Fernando has brought a touch of international class to the their participants and allowed them to enjoy facilities which was only available to a few in the past. Just imagine a cricketer at the age of 13 years being exposed to motion analysis utilising slow motion cameras, bowling machine and PitchVision ball tracking Cricket Technology for analysis of their technique while enjoying this in uninterrupted play because of indoor and outdoor facilities.
These offerings can greatly increase confidence levels in a child and provide a level of motivation previously only enjoyed by international athletes. The coaches, Amin Forgenie (Head Coach Moosai Cricket Team), Keshava Ramphal (T&T U19 Schoolboys Coach), Derry Ramjattan (Cricket Coach), Melissa Manoon (Physical Education Teacher) and Duane Lall (Sports Engineer)have all brought this concept together and delivering a sensational experience for kids and toddlers…yes toddlers.
Coach Melissa Manoon has worked with kids 6 years and under, some as young as 4 years. Her experience previously working the Novel Sports Kids division has allowed her to assist the kids in the development of their basic motor skills.
Special sessions are also being conducted to assist the all round development of these young athletes. Sports Performance Specialist, Mr. Gregory Seale, conducted a strength and athletic development session to assist the participants in exploring various fundamental movement skills, so important for agility, stability and coordination in one’s athletic career.
His advice was invaluable to the kids. Future sessions would see a clinical psychologist visiting the camp and others in the field of kid’s development, interact with the participants.
The camp is ongoing and is intended to continue throughout the year and one can register by contacting Novel Sports at 771-7042. This certainly can make a positive difference in our local domestic and school’s cricket competitions.
Novel Sports have attracted about 32 teams for practice sessions at Naparima College over the last six months and have worked individually with outstanding cricketers in the past including Sunil Narine, Marlon Richards, Kevon Cooper, Nicholas Pooran and Kelly Rosalis to name a few.
The camp finishes on July 30th and those interested in experiencing this opportunity should make the a trip to Naparima College to meet with the technical staff and reserve a session.