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Northern youth to revive our cricketing glory

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foundation of Goodness in collaboration with Tokyo Cement launched their campaign in search of the next cricket prodigy as they commenced cricket coaching camps in the Norther part of the country.

Cricket has always been one of the magical golden threads, that binds our country together. We have all witnessed time and time again how cricket tore barriers down to bring almost every man, woman and child on to the streets, cheering, dancing and pulsating to a uniquely Sri Lankan rhythm that unites them behind one flag, one team.

We are at a moment where the entire nation eagerly looks forward to bask in that glory yet again.

Everyone agrees that in order to rekindle our cricketing spirit, we as a nation must keep unearthing new talent and provide them opportunities to sharpen their skills, in order to produce future cricket legends who can place us on the world map.

Tokyo Cement was among the few who led on this mission to discover cricketing talent from among our youth in every corner of the country. The company, together with the Foundation of Goodness organize monthly cricket coaching camps, where youngsters are given the chance to show off their raw talent and get polished up under the guidance of top class coaches and cricket experts. The programme was initiated in the South, with the setting up of required infrastructure for coaching and practices in Seenigama and Hikkaduwa.

The objective was to make impact on the lives of rural cricketers by enabling them to pursue their talents and achieve a successful sporting career.

Marking another key milestone on this journey, Tokyo Cement Group and the Foundation of Goodness recently extended the monthly Cricket Coaching Camps to the North and East.

The inaugural camp, held at the Jaffna Central College on the 26th of August, was conducted by renowned cricket coach Mr. Hemantha Devapriya and his team of experts, with the participation of 35 students between the age groups of 13 to 19. The showcase of talent by the participants surpassed all expectations of the seasoned coaches who conducted the training session, lighting up hopes of seeing another Sri Lankan cricketing spring in the near future.

Tokyo Cement intends to expand the reach of these Northern cricket coaching camps from Jaffna to other key areas; Killinochchi, Oddusudan, Mankulam, Mullaitivu and Vavuniya.

The programme, headed by Anura De Silva, Sports Director of the Foundation of Goodness, plans to take 50 Northern youth under its wings and train them to become sparkling cricket stars who will shine their light on the game and the nation. Kushil Gunasekera, Founder/Chief Trustee of the Foundation of Goodness said, “Our country is blessed with amazing talent and skill in the rural sector which we continue to harness for the greater development of our Nation”.

The coaching camps, conducted by the Foundation of Goodness with the sponsorship of Tokyo Cement, have so far trained over 600 schoolboy cricketers from the South, producing a number of national players.

Tokyo Cement also extended their support to Cricketing Legend Muttiah Muralitharan’s initiative, with the patronage of Sri Lanka Cricket, to construct 30 concrete cricket pitches for schools in the North and East. The company has also associated consecutively with the Murali Harmony Cup, which hosts nearly 400 budding cricketers from 24 schools from all parts of the country, giving them exposure in a T20 style cricket tournament. 

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