All set for all-island netball leagues
Supreme Ventures Limited has joined forces with Netball Jamaica (NJ) to stage the first all-island Major and Minor netball leagues.
Top officials from both organisations highlighted benefits to be derived from the massive expansion of the competitions from Corporate Area and St Catherine to the rest of the island.
"This year, Netball Jamaica embarked on a drive to triple the value of all sponsorship dollars, in terms of return on investments," noted Dr Paula Daley-Morris, NJ's president, during the sponsorship announcement at the Jamaica Olympic Association's office in Kingston yesterday.
"The benefits will not only be realised in two or three parishes, but in all 14," Dr Daley-Morris said.
"Beginning April 29, 2017, Supreme Ventures' Major and Minor Leagues will be operated as an all-island product. Games will be played on two levels, the county and national."
The leagues will be played between the top teams from each parish in three separate competitions on a county basis; Cornwall, Middlesex and Surrey. Action will take place on a round-robin basis and the winners and runners-up from each league will advance to the National Championship.
Supreme Ventures has been sponsoring the leagues for the past 15 years. The betting and gaming company has been channelling a lot of its efforts and resources into its recent acquisition venture into horse racing and Simone Clarke-Cooper, vice-president, corporate communications, cited some reasons for their continued support.
"Supreme Ventures' sponsorship of Netball Jamaica's Major and Minor leagues spans 16 years, which makes this year a definite 'Sweet 16'," a smiling Clarke-Cooper said. "We are so very happy and so very proud to be renewing our commitment to the Supreme Ventures Major and Minor netball leagues."
The SVL vice-president explained that transitioning the ownership process at Caymanas Park has taken up a lot of their resources.
"Nevertheless, when we met with the executive of Netball Jamaica and saw how critical our involvement would be to the very survival of the staging of both leagues, we made the decision to stay on board," she explained.
"Our sponsorship this year is $3 million, which will go towards the execution of both leagues, including the opening and closing ceremonies, court rental and prizes," Clarke-Cooper added.