WICB Digicel Grassroots Cricket Programme
The West Indies Cricket Board Youth Development Programme known as the “WICB Digicel Grassroots Programme” is a partnership between the WICB and Digicel which provides training for young cricketers from ages twelve (12) to seventeen (17) years. The Grassroots Programme prepares young cricketers for their entry into competitive cricket by providing them with the necessary training to develop their cricketing skills and physical and mental preparedness for the game.
As part of the Grassroots Programme, a funding grant of up to USD 5000 will be provided to each community based cricket organisation to improve the quality and standards of local community cricket grounds and the community cricket training programme.
Multiple clubs common to a community/area can group together to form a cluster which can also benefit from the grant. To be eligible for the programme clubs/clusters must be able to show the West Indies Cricket Board a current club/cluster structure with active participants. Clubs/cluster must have a training facility readily available with permission granted to use the training facility.
Preference will be given to clubs/clusters that have a current training programme and have attracted the support of the local community especially the young members of the community.
The WICB Digicel Grassroots Programme will make available US$360,000 over the next two years to assist in the development of clubs across the region. Clubs and ogranised groups can apply for up to US$5,000 in aid to the WICB for development in any of the following areas:
- Infrastructure development
- Strengthen training Programmes
- Procurement of gear and equipment
The Grassroots Cricket Support Facility will provide grants over the following periods. At the start of each period applications can be made for the Grassroots Cricket Support Facility.
The periods are:
- July 2011 – December 2011
- February 2012 – June 2012
- July 2012 – December 2012