Wray and Nephew, JN sponsor KSAFA's Super, Major Leagues
Wray and Nephew, under its brands Charley's JB Overproof Rum and Magnum, and Jamaica National have teamed up to provide a $7.137 million sponsorship package for the 2015/2016 Charley's JB Rum/KSAFA Super and Major League competitions.
New title sponsor - Charley's JB Rum/Magnum - has contributed $5 million of the overall budget, at the start of a three-year deal, while Jamaica National, whose partnership with KSAFA goes way back to 1996, contributed $2 million as associate sponsor.
The announcement was made at a press conference at the Wray & Nephew Offices, Dominica Drive, New Kingston, yesterday.
The Super League will kick off with two matches next Sunday.
New champions will be crowned following the UWI Football Club's promotion to the Red Stripe Premier League last season.
KSAFA president Stewart Stephenson apologised for the late start of the competition, but added that his association was looking forward to a wonderful season with good football.
"These competitions should have started at the beginning of November, but because of our negotiations with a new sponsor, we have had the delay for four weeks," he stressed.
KSAFA, meanwhile, has pledged $30,000 to each of the 27 teams to facilitate player nutrition and welfare. Teams will also be provided with Nike gear at a subsidised cost from Locker Room Sports.
Omar Palmer, trade and marketing manager at Wray and Nephew, said the Charley's JB Rum KSAFA Super and Major Leagues 'provide an opportunity for Kingston and St Andrew's most talented footballers to compete in a professional environment with hopes of being later promoted to the Premier League.'
Jamaica National's promotions and events manager, Carlene Edwards, said her company recognised the importance of football as a tool to motivate players, build partnerships and foster community spirit.