Kensington CC gets WICB, Digicel grant
Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
Kensington Club has been added to the list of Jamaican cricket clubs that have benefited from the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Digicel Grassroots Grants Programme.
The club, which has been struggling in recent times to compete effectively in local competitions, is set to join St Catherine and Kingston.
St Catherine received its grant in the first phase of the programme, Kingston in the second, and Kensington in the third.
Kensington will receive US$5,000 (J$430,000), which was the same amount St Catherine and Kingston collected. Kensington will use the funds to renovate its clubhouse and gym.
St Catherine used the funds to purchase a bowling machine, practice balls and training equipment, while Kingston used its grant to develop a training programme.
"At Digicel, we believe the funding and support of grassroots cricket organisations is critical," said Kieran Foley, group director of marketing at Digicel.
"This not only enables them to be sustainable and effective, but also does wonders for the continuity of the sport by increasing direct participation and appreciation - as well as having a positive knock-on effect to the wider communities.
"As such, the WICB Digicel Grassroots programme is a fantastic initiative that empowers cricket clubs to develop the sport at grassroots level in local communities throughout the region," he added.
The third phase of the grant disbursement will see a total of seven clubs benefiting from the disbursement of US$35,000, bringing the total number of beneficiaries to 23.
Two of the clubs in phase three are repeat beneficiaries. They are Antigua's Liberta Sports Club, which is the club of former West Indies fast bowler Kenny Benjamin, and St Andrews Cricket League of Grenada.
A total of US$120,000 has been disbursed over the three periods.
Liberta had previously received a grant for building all-weather batting nets, while St Andrews used its first grant to procure gear and execute a training programme.
WICB Digicel Grassroots Grants Recipients - Period 3
Antigua & Barbuda
Liberta Sports Club - Training programme.
Tete Morne Grand Bay - Training equipment.
St Andrews Cricket League - Washroom facilities.
Kensington Cricket Club - Renovate clubhouse/gym.
St Kitts & Nevis
Pennyless All Star Cricket Club (Nevis) - Training equipment.
St Vincent & the Grenadines
Radcliffe Sports Club - Training equipment.
Trinidad & Tobago
Alescon Comets Sports Club - Training programme.