By Lamin Cham

A total of 30 developmental coaches concluded a four-day coaching program across four regions recently.
They visited LRR, CRR, URR, and NBR.
During the tour the coaches introduced school children to the basic skills of batting, bowling, and fielding. Thirty schools and nearly a thousand students participated in the program. The Schools were also presented with cricket materials.
Mr. Baboucarr Boye, a teacher at Banni Lower Basic in CRR described the program as timely. He urged other sport associations to emulate The Gambia Cricket Association.
Lamin Ceesay, a pupil at Soma Lower Basic, said he has now developed a great interest for the game. He said he and his friends will continue to play the game at the school.
Officials say playing active cricket at the regions remains crucial as a priority.
Princess Johnson, a female cricket coach, was overwhelmed about the attitude of the children towards the game. “I am definitely happy to see such a positive respond from the schools. I think the future is bright for cricket in the country”, she boldly said.
Meanwhile the Association is also planning to conduct an umpiring program for the regions in the coming weeks. Cricket is one of the fastest growing sports in the country. More than a thousand children in the Kanifing Municipality and West Coast Region were introduced to the game last summer camp.