JN Primary & All-Age Cricket Competition 2013

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JN Primary & All-Age Cricket Competition 2013

JN Primary & All-Age Cricket Competition 2013
Speech by Maximilian Campbell, Executive
Group Human Resource Development
Jamaican National Building Society
The Club House, Sabina Park
Wednesday, April 3 2013

The Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) is proud to renew its relationship with the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA), for the 20th renewal of what is now the JN Primary and All-Age Cricket Competition, 2013.

For the past four years Jamaica National has maintained a supportive relationship with the Jamaica Cricket Association, and this is consistent with our commitment to other areas of sports development in Jamaica.

We regard our investments in development sport meets, whether in the areas of netball, football, track and field, and so on, as being critical to honing the skills of our young people, and to encourage their participation individually or on teams, at the national, regional and international levels.

We commend the JCA for staying the course, to be able to celebrate the 20th anniversary of this cricket competition, which has become a vital training ground, for the grooming of the young players many  of whom have gone on to represent Jamaica and the region at the highest levels.

The JCA can be proud of the stellar achievements of this competition over the past 20 years, because it has contributed to producing some 90 per cent of the country’s national cricketers, including Brenton Parchment, Nkrumah Bonner, and Nikita Miller.

The game of Cricket holds a very special place in the history of Jamaica and the Caribbean, from the moment the first Jamaican team played in 1895, to the formation of the West Indies Cricket Team, which began playing in 1928. And, in recent times, our own Jamaican Cricket Team has been performing well, regionally; while the members of the West Indies Cricket Team are now being applauded for their return to winning form on international cricket pitches.

At the same time, we continue to witness the growth of cricket at the Primary and All-Age levels, based on participation in competitions such as the JN Primary and All-Age Cricket Competition, where the talents of our youngest players are being honed. Each year, approximately 6,000 boys and girls between the ages of ten and sixteen years are exposed to basic techniques of the game in a highly competitive environment.

And, this year some 350 schools will participate in the competition,  with the enthusiasm, which enabled the New Hope All-Age School from Westmoreland to win this annual competition ten times.

And, the returning Champions, the Ballards Valley Primary and the Mayfield All-Age schools, both from St Elizabeth, will be hoping to recapture their winning ways from last year’s competition.

We anticipate that this year’s competition will renew old rivalries and help to unearth new talent that will be molded by the hours of practice and competitive play. However, winning the top prize is only a fringe benefit of this competition, as the young cricketers gain so much more from the experience.

Babe Ruth, Famous American Baseball Player says: “The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.”

Teamwork, discipline, hard work and determination, are just some of the important life lessons imparted to the young people who participate in team sports, such as cricket. These will become lifelong lessons, which will go beyond the sphere of sports, and it is this value that we believe is the greatest gift that our young players will receive from this experience.

In addition to the cricket training, which benefits thousands of students from schools across the island, Jamaica National has also been offering scholarships to our top performers.

And, as we continue to support to the JCA for the staging of this competition, we will also be continue to provide two scholarships to the top performing players, as well as training for all participants.

Ladies and gentlemen, we look forward to a spectacular season this year; and, we at Jamaica National thank the Jamaica Cricket Association for enabling us to be part of this programme, and for the opportunity to contribute to our country’s cricket development programme; and we encourage our young players to practice, practice on their way to success.

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