WICB announces historic grant programme for clubs

ST JOHN’S, Antigua, Monday January 31, 2011 – The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has announced a historic US$360,000 grant programme which is aimed at supporting club cricket across the Caribbean.

The Grassroots Cricket Support Facility will make available US$90,000 to clubs across the region in four periods over two years, to assist in one of three areas: infrastructure development, strength training programmes, and procurement of gear and equipment.

“This is one of the most important initiatives the WICB will undertake to help strengthen cricket at the grassroots level. We are focusing on the clubs throughout the region who have expressed how difficult it is to organize and sustain cricket and we are lending a hand in a tangible way,” WICB CEO Dr. Ernest Hilaire said.

“We want to have partnerships with clubs all across the region because these are where West Indies players come from and we have to not only recognize that but demonstrate to the clubs that the WICB is serious about assisting them as they execute their programmes and activities which benefit all of West Indies cricket.”

Clubs and organized cricket groups can apply to the WICB for a grant of up to US$5,000 each.

The four periods of the grant execution are: March 2011 – June 2011; July 2011 – December 2011; February 2012 – June 2012; and July 2012 – December 2012.

The programme is part of a broader partnership which the WICB has with Digicel on grassroots cricket.

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