According to the report, the GCA was able to reach this large number of youth players through its annual summer camp which teaches young school children the basic rules about the game. The recent national summer youth camp held in Bwiam was also used as an avenue to introduce children to cricket.
The report says the methods used in the trainings proved highly successful attracting lots of kids to the game for the fun of it which in turn got them hooked to it.
“A modified version of the game was introduced, which every kid enjoys doing, which is batting. The kids were shown how to grip the bat, the stance, the back lift and the Forward drive,” the report added.
It further disclosed that a bit of wicket keeping was also dealt with applying the Bakers Mini Cricket Game after which the kids were allowed to ask questions.
Johny Gomez, president of the Gambia Cricket Association, said through this method the kids find the game interesting and never wanted to stop playing the game during their rest period. The GCA reiterated its belief that the best way to get cricket back to its popular and glorious days is though its mass participation programme, such as the youth camps and schools championships.]]>