The Atlantic-Pollard Scholarship (APS) was established in May 2012 and is a joint venture between Kieron Pollard, Atlantic and Insignia Sports International.
The APS provides a unique opportunity to help talented young West Indian cricketers come over to England to play club cricket to improve their cricketing ability as well as develop important life skills.
Polly is world renowned and one of the highest profile limited overs cricketers in the world. He is extremely appreciative of the game that has propelled him to superstardom – cricket has provided him with a great deal and he feels passionate about supporting others from Trinidad & Tobago in achieving their goals. The APS is just one further way of doing this.
Each year, Pollard selects young players from Trinidad & Tobago who have particularly impressed him and who he feels have the ability to represent the full Trinidad & Tobago side and hopefully West Indies sides one day, to play club cricket in England and train with a county cricket club, and experience a summer which may not normally be so readily accessible for them. The idea is that the APS becomes something that young cricketers in Trinidad & Tobago aspire to be a part of, and accordingly, Pollard, Atlantic and ISI provide a bursary award as well as a flight, with full equipment sponsorship provided by SS (Pollard’s personal sponsor) if needed.
There have already been some great success stories – Akeal Hosein was awarded the inaugural scholarship in 2012, representing Exmouth CC in the Devon Premier League. Akeal’s UK experience expedited his development considerably and he has since featured heavily for Trinidad and Tobago (PCL) and Barbados Tridents (CPL). Don’t be surprised if you see him donning the West Indies jersey sooner rather than later. Similarly, 2014 scholar, Vikash Mohan was recently drafted by Guyana for the upcoming Professional Cricketers League – the First Class competition in West Indian cricket. Again, this came as no great surprise as Vikash almost singlehandedly maintained Barnes CC’s Middlesex League status in his APS season. We look forward to seeing the APS assist with the development of T&T cricketers for many years to come.
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2012: Akeal Hosein
2013: Savion Lara
2014: Tion Webster & Vikash Mohan
2015: Camillo Carimbocas & Iraq Thomas
2016: Jason Batson