A twelve (12) member team of French students from the Bellevue High School in Martinique accompanied by 2 coaches were in Saint Lucia from 25th October to 1st November 2019 to learn and practice the game of cricket. They participated in a friendly cricket match with students at the Babonneau Secondary School at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground, Beausejour, Gros Islet on Thursday October 31st.
Considering that the visitors had only recently been introduced to the game of cricket, the students were placed in two teams consisting of a mixture of French and Saint Lucians, Team A and B. Team A scored 51 run for the loss of 3 wickets, before the match had to be cancelled due to rain.
This is the second time for the year that that two schools have been brought together through cricket. In January the team from the Babonneau Secondary school accompanied by Leo Louisy and two other coaches introduced the game to the French via ERASMUS + Social Integration of Refugees through Sport (SIRS) PROJECT.
The event is part of a greater initiative by the Department of External Affairs through the Consulate of Saint Lucia in Martinique. It brings together Ten (10) Educational Institutions in Saint Lucia with the same in the French territories at the Primary, Secondary and Tertiary levels. It is intended to encourage the Saint Lucian diaspora to foster stronger relations especially with Martinique, Guadeloupe and French Guiana. Exchange areas include: Culture, Sport, Language/Linguistics, Beauty related skills, Culinary Arts, IT/Web design, Techno-commercial Negotiation Skills, Tourist related arts, Music/Entertainment and Fashion/ design.