National Bakery feeds Waterhouse coffers
Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) leaders Waterhouse received a financial boost with a cheque for $1M to signal its partnership with one of Jamaica’s oldest and most respected brands – National Baking Company.
The partnership, which was the brainchild of club chairman Bruce Bicknell and National Baking Company Chief Executive Officer Gary ‘Butch’ Hendrickson, is built on mutual respect and trust and a willingness to provide hope and opportunity for young men through sports.
The commitment to Waterhouse by National Bakery is a multiyear agreement that will see the club benefiting from financial support plus ongoing product support for the benefit of the football programme.
Commenting on the partnership, Bicknell said, “We are very humbled that a big and respected brand like National has seen the vision we have for Waterhouse Football Club and has committed its name and money to support our ambitions to be the best football club in Jamaica. I want to publicly say thank you to them.”
Speaking on behalf of National, brand manager Omega Harris said, “Community development has always been a major focus for us as a company, and even more so, involvement that prioritises our youth. Our support of the Waterhouse Football Club and, by extension, the community of Waterhouse has been one of our longest and most rewarding partnerships.
“Observing the impact of the club on the lives of these young men is truly remarkable. Without a doubt, this is a commitment that is worth preserving.”
The presentation of the cheque was made at half-time during Waterhouse’s Red Stripe Premier League home fixture with Portmore United at their stadium in Drewsland home on Wednesday.
Waterhouse won the game 4-1 on the back of a brace from Colorado Murray, who has flourished in his first season at the club. Young defender Denilson Simpson scored his first senior goal for the club before being replaced late on after a head injury. The fourth goal for Waterhouse was scored by Stephen Williams, while the consolation goal for Portmore was scored by Tevin Shaw.
The win was satisfying for Waterhouse, who have struggled to beat Portmore in recent times, losing consecutive championship games to the defending RSPL champions.