ICWI sponsors KSAFA competitions
Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
The Insurance Company of the West Indies (ICWI) has pumped $1 million into this month's staging of the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) Under-13 and Under-15 competitions.
Action in the Under-13 competition begins today at the National Water Commission field with the playing of four matches. The first kicks off at 9 a.m. The Under-15 tournament will start on Wednesday at the same venue.
Samantha Samuda, vice-president of marketing at ICWI, handed the sponsorship cheque to the newly elected KSAFA president, Stewart Stephenson, during a press launch, which was held at the company's head office in New Kingston yesterday.
"ICWI has been a strong supporter since its inception of early childhood education and development. This falls right in line with our mandate for ICWI group foundation," said Samuda.
Samuda added: "We have seen success out of the KSAFA programmes with individuals who have received scholarships to international universities and have returned to Jamaica as success stories and are now giving back to their communities.
Stephenson said his admini-stration is very grateful for the sponsorship because the competition will provide the youngsters with an opportunity to showcase their talents over the next three weeks.
"We are very delighted," said Stephenson. "I think, for me, it is not just the money, but the quality of the sponsors because ICWI is a major corporate company in Jamaica and it's an endorsement to our leadership and the talent that we bring to the game. There are others to come and we are going to roll them out as each competition comes along," he said.
Both the Under-13 and Under-15 competitions will have unlimited substitutions for all the matches. The winners of each competition will receive $25,000, the runners-up will take home $20, 000, third will get $15,000 while the fourth place team will pocket $10,000. Jamaica Beverages and Western Sports are associate sponsors.