Vanuatu Cricket through its development officers in Santo, ran a Talent ID program during the first week of school holidays.
Students were selected from Sarakata Centre School, Kamewa French and English School, Santo East School and St. Therese School to participate in this program after successfully participating in the Deco Stop U15 competition.
Individuals were selected based on their interest in the sport coupled with their performance during the first two rounds of the Deco Stop U15 competition with batting figures, bowling figures and fielding performance being the main key areas.
This talent ID program then focused on upgrading and improving the skills and knowledge of selected students especially with cricket bat handling, fielding, ball catching, bowling skills, understanding game rules and how runs (points) are scored during matches. Identifying strength and weaknesses of each participant were also key features of this talent ID program.
Santo Cricket development officer, Vari Lele, said that this year they have seen more talented students participate in competitions and this talent ID program has helped them identify each students’ strengths and gave them an understanding of how to build on those strengths.
“I am happy to see that we have more talented children with great potential to become good cricketers are participating in our competitions. It just goes to show that there is a lot of potential for sport in Vanuatu and I am glad that cricket is taking the initiative to identify these talented sports men and women,” concluded Lele.
Vanuatu Cricket would like to acknowledge the Australian Government for funding this activity through the Pacific Sports Partnership program.