ICC Declare the BCB Development Programme the BEST Yet Again!
The Bermuda Cricket Board (BCB) is extremely proud to announce that for a FOURTH consecutive year and for the last five out of six years, the BCB has been awarded "ICC 2010 Best Development Programme." This award is particularly important because it is given to the national sports body who has proven excellence in all areas of:
The winner of this award has to be an outstanding national cricket body with an excellent national cricket structure that caters for senior and junior players.
In addition, the BCB won the "ICC 2010 Photo of the Year", for a second year in a row for "Stay Focused" taken by Samantha Dill, a picture of Aunde Todd age 5 competing in the BCB Under 8 Youth Programme. Earl Basden's photo, "It's mine" took a close second and "Run him out" taken by Samantha Dill was the 2010 runners up (see right).
Martin Vieira, Regional Development Manager commented on the judging process for ICC Photo of the Year:
"So intense was the battle for supremacy in the "Photo of the Year" category the services of a professional photographer was needed before the panel could decide on the winner."
Mr. Vieira continued by praising Bermuda for winning the ICC Best Development Programme four consecutive years in a row, "I am overjoyed to see the deserved recognition of the BCB by the ICC Americas for its work from grassroots to the elite performance. As far as I am aware, in the past six years no other country in the world has won the Best Development Programme more than twice. The Bermuda Cricket Board has won this award five times including the last four consecutive years. I am in no doubt that sport in general, and the BCB in particular, play an immense role in improving lives in the Bermuda community. I look forward to their continued success."
President of the BCB, Mr. Reginald Pearman stated, "The Board is absolutely delighted to receive the top award for an unprecedented four years in a row! This is an amazing accomplishment that confirms our dedication to the development of cricket in our community. The BCB are now starting to see the impact of our programmes with many players who started in our youth programmes breaking through to the more senior national teams such as Joshua Gilbert, Terryn Fray, Kamau Leverock, Damali Bell and Christian Burgess."
He continued, "The photo of Aunde Todd is development in action. This young player started in our Pee Wee Programme and moved straight into the Under 8 programme at only 5 years of age. The BCB's mission is to "Improve Lives through Cricket" and to do that we offer free structured programmes which provide players with a safe place in which they are surrounded by good role models and requires they learn about discipline, focus, communication and teamwork. The BCB provides a fun and safe environment which players can spend their time enjoying a sport that they love whilst at the same time learning the skills which will assist them find the best path for a successful future."
In addition, Mr. Pearman stated, "These programmes would not happen without the support of the Bermuda Government and all our individual sponsors who generously give every year to maintain the high standard of all our programmes. On behalf of the Board I would like to thank them and the community for their support."
In a press release today, ICC Americas Office released:
PEPSI ICC Development Programme Annual Awards 2010 - Americas
An outstanding 167 nominations were received in the Americas Region for the eight
In the end, Bermuda lead the way this year receiving two awards while Argentina, Brazil,
Martin Vieira, Regional Development Manager commented, "I was pleasantly surprised
Although both Suriname and Brazil provided stiff competition in this category, the "Best
Cricket Argentina was this year's winner of the "Best Cricket Promotion and Marketing
The "Best Women's Cricket Initiative" was won by Chile this year. Chile has most
The "Best Junior Participation Initiative" was awarded to USACA for its partnership with
The "Photo of the Year" category continued its streak of the most popular category and
Suriname claimed the "Best Spirit of Cricket Initiative" award with the Lions Club
Brazil's Matt Featherstone was the recipient of the "Volunteer of the Year Award" for his
Canada's Kevin Boller was selected to receive the "Lifetime Service Award" for his 38
All ICC Americas Development Programme Award winners will now be nominated for
ICC Americas Regional Development Manager, Martin Vieira remarked, "I wish all of
ICC Americas Development Programme Award Winners 2010
Best Overall Cricket Development Programme Bermuda
2010 ICC Photo of the Year
Above "Stay Focused" By Samantha Dill
BCB U8 League - Aunde Todd
"It's Mine" by Earl Basden
From the Hiscox U11 Celebrity Cricket Festival
"Run him out" By Samantha Dill
BCB U8 League