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Big Courts package for Girls

Published:Saturday | May 2, 2015 | 12:00 AMRobert Bailey
Contributed Director of Logistics at Courts, Dianne Pottinger (right), presents the 2015 sponsorship cheque to delighted Netball Jamaica president, Marva Bernard (centre), and general manager Karen Anderson at Netball House on Thursday.

Courts Jamaica renewed its contract with Netball Jamaica on Thursday while announcing a $5.3 million three-year sponsorship package at the Netball House in Barbican, St Andrew.

The breakdown of the sponsorship shows $800,000 for the Gold Rush Down Under expenses as a one-off payment while the balance is to be used over three years - $750,000 for sports psychology expenses, $750,000 for eye care expenses through Courts Optical, $1,500,000 towards Netball Jamaica's merchandising programme and the balance of $1,500,000 to cover expenses for the Netball House such as furniture, appliances and maintenance.

Dianne Pottinger, director of logistics of Courts handed over her company's sponsorship cheque to Netball Jamaica's president, Marva Bernard, during a brief ceremony.

Continued success

"We are committed to working with and assisting the team with its national netball programmes to ensure the continued development and success of our Sunshine Girls," said Pottinger.

"Sports is one of sectors that we have chosen to assist as the benefits are far-reaching," she said.

"In addition to the health benefits of exercise, players also learn lifelong technical skills and develop an appreciation for the importance of team work," Pottinger said.

Bernard expressed her delight after receiving the cheque.

"It means a whole lot to us," said Bernard. "What Courts is saying is that they are looking after all our squads and not just the Sunshine Girls, but all the squads that will use this house," she said.

"They have not left out the Gold Rush campaign because they have given us $800,000 and another contribution towards the sports psychology, which helps the Sunshine Girls in their Gold Rush Down Under campaign," she said

Bernard added that the response of corporate Jamaica towards their Gold Rush Down Under campaign has been excellent and this is a testimony to the hard work that her association has put in over the years.