Cheers and screams of excitement rang out at the Samaritan Presbyterian Primary School recently when West Indies player Andre Fletcher visited the champions of the Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket Festival.
The special visit came during local activities to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket program. He was accompanied by officials from the Grenada Cricket Association, Scotiabank and the popular Kiddy Cricket mascot, Chirpy, who delighted the children with his antics.
Fletcher, a graduate of the program himself, congratulated the school’s cricket team which successfully defended their title in the 2015 Kiddy Cricket Festival and who have won for three of the last four years.
He spoke to the children about the benefits of the sport, noting that “everything I have achieved in life, cricket has given me.”
He urged them to stay active and remain involved with sports, noting that it teaches life lessons such as discipline, working with others and coping with both victory and defeat.
Scotiabank Marketing Manager for Caribbean East, Amanda Lynch-Foster, hailed the school’s cricketing successes, stating that Scotiabank was “so proud to have played a role in helping you to develop your talent.”
Speaking of the progress of the program over the last 15 years, she pointed out that “many cricketers have passed through the Kiddy Cricket program – Andre Fletcher of course as well as players like Darren Bravo, Kemar Roach, Jermaine Blackwood and Kraigg Brathwaite.”