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Parents urge BCB to retain coach Moore

Parents of National Academy cricketers have called for Bermuda Cricket Board (BCB) to “revisit” the contract of national cricket coach David Moore.

The Australian’s original contract with the BCB expired in February of this year but was extended for another three months with the approval of the Department of Immigration.

However, according to concerned parents of National Academy cricketers the BCB have now been forced to sever ties with Moore due to “budget restraints”. They also claim that his work permit has not been renewed by immigration authorities.

“We, a selection of parents of the Under-13 and Under-15 Bermuda National Academy Youth Cricket squad, are very disappointed and saddened of the non-renewal of Mr. David Moore’s work permit as the Bermuda Youth National Cricket Coach,” read a letter sent to this newspaper on behalf of the group.

“At present Mr Moore is the only coach with a level three coaching licence of ICC standards which is the highest in Bermuda.

“His determination, dedication and commitment towards the youth programme development has been one of impeccable standard. He has taken the sport to a higher level with the youth players through: year round training sessions, a trip overseas to the United Kingdom, a selection of squad members playing with an overseas team and his support with the parents regarding academic and behaviour concerns.”

The group credit Moore for helping his players become passionate about the gentlemen’s game.

“The youth squad are not only playing the sport just to play it, but have developed a love for the cricket,” they said. “This has been evident through their ongoing commitment to attend the training session and growth of overall development and performance.”

The group of National Academy parents view Moore as a perfect role model for the Island’s young cricketers.

“As a former teacher Mr Moore has maintained a caring rapport with the boys through not only his coaching but also guidance, leadership skills and mentoring through his passion for the game,” they said.

The group view the loss of Moore’s services to Bermuda cricket as a major setback.

“It is unfortunate that we will lose Mr Moore as the Bermuda National Youth Coach due to budget restraints of the Bermuda Cricket Board,” they said. “Our hope is his contract will be revisited so that the programme will continue to the high standards he has set.

“Once again our young males have been set up only to be let down with lack of consistency within a structured programme. They will be forced to go overseas for further development to enhance their knowledge and skills for cricket if they wish to progress to the next level and professionally.”

Questions sent to the BCB on Sunday seeking verification on the claims made by the group regarding Moore’s work permit and job status at the Board remained unanswered yesterday.

National cricket coach David Moore.

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Published May 30, 2013 at 6:18 pm (Updated May 30, 2013 at 6:17 pm)

Parents urge BCB to retain coach Moore

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