Supreme boost for Ja's Sunshine Girls
Netball Jamaica has received a timely boost ahead of the Sunshine Girls' highly competitive three-Test series against world number-three ranked England next month.
On Thursday, Netball Jamaica collected a $3.5 million sponsorship cheque from Supreme Ventures Limited (SVL).
Carlene Edwards, sponsorship and public relations manager of SVL, handed over her company's cheque to Marva Bernard, president of Netball Jamaica during a press launch at the Heart College of Construction Services in Portmore on Thursday.
The opening match is set for Saturday, January 10, the second game will be played a day later, while the final match is scheduled for Tuesday, January 13.
Bernard, in expressing gratitude to SVL for its sponsorship, told The Gleaner that the series is very important as it forms part of their build-up to the 2015 World Championships, which will be held in Sydney, Australia.
"We are always grateful to Supreme Ventures because they always make it possible for us to show international netball to Jamaica," said Bernard.
"I looked in the record and I found that they first did it in 2008, and every year we can look forward to them coming forward," she said.
She added:"It is important for us to be able to host these types of series, because they are expensive. So when a sponsor like Supreme Ventures not only takes cares of grassroots netball in terms of the league, but also comes forward to the national programme, Netball Jamaica is very grateful to them."
Edwards said her company is committed to helping with the development of the sport because they have invested heavily in netball in the country.
"We believe in the vision and the work of Netball Jamaica and we have really seen the progress over the number of years that we have been partnering with them," said Edwards.
"I think the Sunshine Girls deserve the support, and that is the reason why we are behind them," she said. "We are really hoping that, come January, they will give us a very good performance against the English girls," Edwards noted.
As added entertainment for spectators, the series will allow the netballers to interact more with the public and showcase their versatility. The series will also feature an after party immediately following the first match, plus a celebrities versus masters game and a corporate team taking on an entertainers invitational team during the second and third matches.