Jamaica Cricket Association, UWI, sign key 'triple-A' MoU

By December 04, 2019
JCA President Wilford Billy and UWI Mona Principal Prof. Dale Webber shake hands following the signing of a MoU between the organisations at the Faculty of Sport at the UWI. JCA President Wilford Billy and UWI Mona Principal Prof. Dale Webber shake hands following the signing of a MoU between the organisations at the Faculty of Sport at the UWI.

The Jamaica Cricket Association and the University of the West Indies Mona Campus signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will provide both organisations with significant support to develop their respective areas of need – cricket facility and resource development for the UWI and medical support, treatment and research for the JCA.

Under the three-year agreement, valued at several million Jamaican dollars, the University will provide medical management of players contracted by the JCA as well as medical screening of all national teams. They have also agreed to undertake the rehabilitation of the cricket facilities at the Mona Bowl at the UWI to first-class standards.

UWI will also provide strength and conditioning programmes for national and developmental teams, hold educational workshops among other forms of support.

Meanwhile, the JCA is to provide an evaluation of the field and scope the needs.  This assessment will be done jointly with the UWI Mona Academy of Sport. They are to upgrade the field, pitch, net area and dressing room at the university as well as facilitate the provision of rollers, boundary rope and covers.

JCA also needs to identify the educational needs of teams that can be addressed through workshops and seminars.

The principal of the UWI Mona Campus Professor Dale Webber said the partnership is all about access.

“We have a partner in the JCA and we’re going to take advantage of that partnership to take a look at our infrastructure. That is the first and biggest contribution. From where we stand the medical screening, medical counselling and medical, management of players is an important part of keeping our national cricketers in top gear. The strength training which will take place will certainly get you (cricketers) delivering at peak performance,” he said.

“We do this in the University’s triple-A strategy. These are access, alignment and agility. This MOU creates access to current cricketers and others who wish to pursue sports to do so throughout the university. We seek to align with sporting entities and this MOU does that and we are moving at pace to get this programme done quickly. It provides the opportunity for the players to become academics while playing the sport they love. We are helping to prepare you for life after the sport.”

JCA President Wilford ‘Billy’ Heaven noted that at their 2018 retreat they determined that developing strategic partnerships was a key factor of their performance indicators.

“Today we are proud to be signing this MoU with the UWI; this is significant. It is a critical success factor, which we identified,” he said.

“We have to create more partnerships which support the sustainability of our operations as a sporting entity. This MoU strengthens and highlights both organisations’ commitment to developing cricket and all those involved in the sport.

“Under this MoU, the rehabilitation of cricket facilities here at Mona up to playing first-class matches fits right into the JCA’s mandate to create more high-standard grounds and spectator-friendly facilities across the island. We are taking the cricket to the people while inviting them to come to the cricket. The strength and conditioning workshops and research along with scholarship opportunities for our players augurs well for our overall performance as well as the future of local cricket.”

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