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Liverpool's Sturridge gives back to Jamaica

Published:Friday | July 11, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Liverpool football star and England international, Daniel Sturridge, is pictured with Tahnida Nunes, Digicel's senior sponsorship manager, at the inaugural Daniel Sturridge Foundation Family Fun Day at the Faith Basic School in Waterford, St Catherine last year. The second staging of the event is on tomorrow at the Constant Spring Football Field. - Contributed

English international footballer, Daniel Sturridge, will tomorrow, partner with telecommunications giants Digicel once again to host the second annual Daniel Sturridge Foundation Family Fun Day.

The first fun day was held in Portmore in 2013 and was a huge success. Seeking to surpass this success, Sturridge is now hosting this year's fun day at the Constant Spring Football Field, a central location that can cater to thousands of families from the surrounding communities. Scheduled to kick off at 10 a.m., the day's activities will include a host of amusement rides; face painting for the kids and entertainment fit for the entire family.

The day will also see aspiring footballers putting their best foot forward in a 6-a-side competition for a chance to win a share of over $100,000 in cash prizes.

Sturridge, who scored a goal for England against Italy in his debut match in the current 2014 World Cup in Brazil, is particularly excited about tomorrow's event.

"I really would like everyone to come out and support the cause and enjoy themselves because I know that I will be having fun watching the kids display their talent."

Speaking to the partnership, Tahnida Nunes, senior sponsorship manager at Digicel said: "Digicel has always been a firm supporter of sports, youth development and community, three major pillars that this initiative impacts and that therefore makes it a perfect fit for us. At the fun day, Daniel will be sharing his successes with aspiring footballers which we are sure will play a major role in encouraging some of these youngsters to keep pursuing their dreams."

Sturridge, made 26 appearances for Liverpool scoring 21 goals and seven assists in last season's Barclay's Premier League. His foundation was launched last year in Jamaica in conjunction with Digicel at the Faith Basic School in Waterford, St Catherine. Sturridge's grandparents were born in Jamaica, but his parents and himself grew up in England.