Nestle pumps $8 million into KSAFA U-13 and U-15 leagues
Nestle Jamaica Limited, under its Milo brand, has pumped $8 million into this year's staging of the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) Under-13 and Under-15 leagues. The leagues kick off on July 30.
"Our sponsorship this year strikes to the tune of $8 million. this includes the provision of gear for the players. We have also invested in the provision of medical checks for all players, this we believe is very important to ensure the kids are fit to play," Nestle Jamaica consumer marketing manager Ockino Petrie announced during the Milo/KSAFA launch at Golden Gate Restaurant, Northside Plaza in St Andrew on Thursday.
Petrie also said that the best overall coach at the conclusion of the season will be awarded $50,000.
"We will also be introducing a sub league during the league which, will be dubbed the Milo Under-13 Cup. this will be a one-day scrimmage competition that will feature 16 teams of which 12 will be fielded directly from the KSAFA league. Montego Bay United will field two teams and the other two teams will be determined at a later date," Petrie disclosed.
"From this tournament, we will be selecting five players - male and female - who we will sponsor and send to FC Barcelona in Spain in October. We have partnered globally with the FC Barcelona, and are now the official tonic food drink of the team," he added.
President of KSAFA, Wayne Shaw, welcomed Nestle and the other associate sponsors.
"We are particularly delighted that Nestle through its brand Milo is on board for the KSAFA Under-13 and Under-15 Leagues. As you are aware these competitions form part of the KSAFA Age Group development programme," Shaw said.
'The winners of the Under-13 competition will advance to the parish play-off and the national champions will represent Jamaica in the Scotiabank CONCACAF Under-13 Championship in Mexico next month," said the KSAFA boss.
Marc Williams, the KSAFA competitions chairman, disclosed that Liguanea will rejoin the KSAFA family after a long absence, while August Town and Red Hills United return after being absent for one year.
"These two competitions have evolved and developed the most in KSAFA, they will again be the same format as last year, where the Under-13 and Under-15 play on the same day. The 35 participating clubs are placed in four zones with each team allowed seven substitutes in each game," Williams outlined.
In Zone A, the teams are: Allman/Woodford, August Town, Barbican, Cavalier SC, Liguanea United, Mountain View, Real Mona, Santos, Shortwood United and Swallowfield.
Zone B - Brown's Town, Bull Bay, Central Kingston, Harbour View, New Kingston, Rae Town, Rockfort and Tivoli Gardens.
Zone C - Arnett Gardens, Boys' Town, Greenwich Town, Maxfield Park, Molynes United, Olympic Gardens, Seaview Gardens and Whitfield Town.
Zone D - Constant Spring, Cooreville Gardens, Duhaney Park, Maverley/Hughenden, Meadforest, Pembroke Hall, Red Hills United, Stony Hill and Waterhouse.
The associate sponsors include Port Authority, Locker Room, Pure Water, Delgado Health Services and TVJ.