The 2013 edition of the Jamaica leg of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Kiddy Cricket camp, funded by Scotiabank, has been hailed a success by chief coordinator Phillip Service.
The camp was hosted in Manchester, with the hostel at the Kendal camp site and the physical activities facilitated at the nearby Kirkvine Sports Club.
"First, the choice of venue turned out great as it was the ideal location to host the boys and girls; and then you had Kirkvine in terms of the space and other little amenities. I was also pleased with the support and commitment I got from the staff we were working with," Service said.
He said the overall objective was "to provide quality technical instruction and practice, as well as teach (them) life skills ... and this was met".
Among the new developments from the 2013 camp was to provide a database replete with footage of the best youngsters, and this would be used to track their progress. Service did not go into details of how this would be maintained.
For the camp, 55 of the best primary school cricketers drawn from all over Jamaica came together for one week, where they were provided with a 'camp mother', nurse and assistants to take care of their personal needs' and boarding. The five were females, including Mahalia Morgan who came directly from the Cayman Islands where she resides with her father, a former Jamaican coach at the high-school level, Nkrumah Morgan.
Technical instruction came from a team of qualified coaches and former Jamaica and parish players, namely Ephraim McLeod, Cleon Smith, Dwight Washington (former West Indies fast bowler), Gavin Wallace (former Jamaica leg-spinner), Michael Salmon, and from Manchester, Gary Graham, Neive McNally, and umpire Leroy Neish.
Among the special guests during the week were Jamaica and West Indies representatives Stafanie Taylor and Nkrumah Bonner.
All participants were provided with certificates, while there were 10 individual awards. Among those receiving awards were 12-year-old Danville Wollaston - nephew of former top Senior Cup batsman, Aubrey Wollaston - who was adjudged the camp's best batsman; Kevon Hanniford, younger brother of Keneil Hanniford, who represented Jamaica at the Under-15 level in 2011 and was nominated the best all-rounder; while Mahalia Morgan was regarded as the best female participant.