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The UWI Faculty of Sport Launches Programme to Groom Young Cricket Bowling Talent

For Release Upon Receipt - July 27, 2018


Young cricket talent across the region will have the opportunity to participate in a unique developmental programme to improve their bowling skills. The initiative called Pace like Fire which is led by The University of the West Indies (The UWI) Faculty of Sport seeks to identify young players across the region with raw bowling pace.

The first instalment of the programme runs from August 8 to September 5, 2018 in six Caribbean territories targeting young 16 to 22-year-old male and female fast bowlers. Pace Like Fire 2018 will identify 15 genuine fast bowlers—10 males and 5 females—who will be placed into a two-year comprehensive development programme. This cohort of bowlers will be exposed to the most up-to-date scientific testing and analysis, expert coaching, modern tech training and equipment, mental skills training, strength and conditioning, nutritional support as well as personal development workshops.

The UWI has invested significant resources in sporting infrastructure, developed academic sports programmes and most recently implemented the SAGICOR-UWI Cricket High Performance Centre (HPC); a unit under the Faculty of Sport. The Pace Like Fire programme is one of many initiatives which seeks to demonstrate The UWI’s commitment to a strategic focus on regional sport development.

Commenting on the initiative, Dean of The UWI Faculty of Sport, Dr Akshai Mansingh said “The Pace Like Fire programme is the first of many, which will span all the four campuses and 17 territories. Talent searches, like this, will allow the best to avail of our advanced facilities and continue to build and maintain the region’s dominance in sport worldwide.”

Pace Like Fire 2018 bowls off in Trinidad and Tobago from August 8-12 then moves to Guyana from August 12-16; St Lucia from August 16-19; St Kitts and Nevis from August 19-23, Jamaica from August 24-30; and concludes in Barbados from September 3-5.


Notes to the Editor:

Pace Like Fire Schedule 2018




August 8 - 12




National Cricket Centre (NCC) 9:00 AM-12 NOON 

Thursday 9th August, 2018


Brian Lara Stadium

1:00 PM-4:00 PM

Thursday 9th August, 2018


UWISPEC, The UWI St Augustine Campus

9:00 AM-12 NOON

Friday 10th August, 2018



Shaw Park

10:00 AM-12 NOON

Saturday 11th August, 2018


August 12 - 16


Bourda Cricket Ground, Demerara

10:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Monday 13th August, 2018


Iman Bacchus Ground, Essequibo

11:30 AM – 2:00 PM

Tuesday 14th August, 2018


Albion Cricket Ground, Berbice

10:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Wednesday 15th August, 2018


August 16 - 19



Daren Sammy Stadium

11:00 AM-1:00 PM 

Friday 17th August, 2018


Vieux Fort

11:00 AM-1:00 PM

Saturday 18th August, 2018


August 19 - 23



Warner Park, Basseterre

10:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Tuesday 21st August, 2018


Groove Park, Nevis

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Wednesday 22nd August, 2018


August 24 - 30



The UWI Mona Campus

10:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Saturday 25th August, 2018


St. Elizabeth Technical High

11:30 AM – 2:00 PM


Sunday 26th August, 2018


Port Rhoades Sports Club, St. Ann

11:30 AM – 2:00 PM

Tuesday 28th August, 2018


Chedwin Park, St Catherine

10:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Wednesday 29th August, 2018


September 3 - 5



The UWI Cave Hill Campus

10:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Monday 3rd September, 2018


The UWI Cave Hill Campus

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Tuesday 4th September, 2018





About The UWI Faculty of Sport

The UWI Faculty of Sport integrates teaching and research, professional development, community partnerships, and co- and extra-curricular student sport through three main units: Professional Programmes, Outreach & Projects Unit, Co-curricular & Intramural-Activity Unit and the Academic Programme & Activity Unit. The faculty is made up of four Academies of Sport: Cave Hill Academy of Sport, Open Campus Academy of Sport, Mona Academy of Sport and St Augustine Academy of Sport. For more information visit