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Schoolboy Champion To International Champion…

The next training camp to sift for junior talent is scheduled for early May this year. The Aravinda de Silva Academy sponsored by Coca Cola Inc. have conducted these camps around the country in affording opportunity to talented junior cricketers to come up into the senior sides through proper training and physical fitness programmes. Sri Lanka Cricket has been very supportive of this programme and my efforts would have come to naught without them.

This time too the clinic will be held in Colombo probably at Nalanda or Bloomfield grounds with 72 lads from Gampaha, Hatton, Nuwara Eliya, Badulla and the hinterlands of those areas. The boys would be around 17 years but under 19. There would be fitness and skills assessment. A physio would do thorough checks to ascertain that each of them would have the physical ability to last at the top level. The three day camp would allow the lads to showcase skills and the trainers to work with them to improve upon the natural talents.

The intention is to get these lads to get into the district level teams and from there to the provincial teams and keep going upwards. It has been immensely rewarding for me and my co Director of the Academy, Stan Nell the results that have been achieved. The last under 19 World Cup held in New Zealand had 11 boys who came through this programme. Three other lads from St. Joseph’s and S. Thomas’ College couldn’t make it as they had school matches during that period or they too would have made the squad. The lads bonded as a team which too contributed to their good showing at the Junior World Cup.

The programme is called Schoolboy Champion To International Champion and as stated earlier none of this could have been achieved without the unstinted support extended by Sri Lanka Cricket and of course Coca Cola.

4 Comments for “Schoolboy Champion To International Champion…”

  1. kammyrox

    Tx a mn to Aravinda de Silva Academy and also to sponsors coca cola for this great idea. Its amazing to see such talented lads coming from all over Sri Lanka. Aravinda this is the best ever way you can help the poor Sri Lankans with your gifted talent and not by going in for politics and ruining your reputation. Well done Aravinda de Silva Academy!

  2. Max

    My concern would be that, Politicians may try to hijack this worthy project.

  3. mahen

    Aravinda you always did best for SL Cricket, thanks a million, but don’t allow dirty politicoes to steel this

  4. John

    Here is a gentleman who has followed his passion and helped others. not like some of the other cricketers who have joined politics to keep the money coming. Thanks Aravinde keep up the good deeds. The other cricketers should learn from Aravinda

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