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Supreme Ventures netball leagues begin today

Published:Saturday | March 1, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer

Sponsor Supreme Ventures Limited has pumped $4 million into this year's staging of the Netball Jamaica's Major and Minor Leagues competitions.

The competitions will begin today at 1 p.m. inside the National Arena. An opening ceremony will be followed by a dress parade and rally. Twenty teams are down to compete in the Major League competition while 32 will contest the Minor League.

Supreme Ventures will be awarding scholarships to players and bursaries to coaches to a total value of $600,000.

Scholarships valued at $130,000, $75,000 and $65,000 will be awarded to the first, second and third teams respectively in the Major League team.

In the Minor League, scholarships worth $110,000, $70,000 and $50,000 will be presented first, second and their teams respectively.

Four coaches will benefit from the bursaries which will finance their attendance at the netball coaching course administered by the University of Technology (UTECH), on behalf of Netball Jamaica.

Carlene Edwards, sponsorship and public relations manager of Supreme Venture, urged the participants to give of their best in the competition.

"Our leagues continue to be one of the platforms utilised by Netball Jamaica to select players for the national programme," said Edwards. "The ladies participating in the competitions could be the next Sunshine Girls representing Jamaica at the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Scotland or the World Netball Championships next year in Australia," she said.