Sandals bankrolls JCA U-19 tourney, academy
Sandals Resorts has provided as $10.5 million sponsorship to the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) for the third staging of its Sandals Resorts Under-19 tournament, and also its academy at the Trelawny Stadium.
Sandals Resorts Public Relations Manager - Sponsorships Crissano Dalley said: "This cricket competition and academy are among the avenues through which we enrich the lives of people in the countries where we have a footprint. We've done similar projects in other Caribbean countries. As sponsor for the West Indies cricket team, it is important that we support the development of talents which will ultimately represent the region on the international stage. It is a proud moment to see Windies cricketers who have benefited from programmes like this excelling."
JCA Chief Executive Officer, Courtney Francis, said while he and fellow JCA administrators are excited for development programmes like this one, and for sponsors Rainforest Seafood, Wysinco and Sandals, his biggest joy is for the players.
The competition is used to select the national U-19 team to participate in the regional tournament, which starts in Guyana on July 25. It sees over 60 of the country's best national U-19 players being divided into four teams : Northern Lights, Western Heat, Southern Sparks and Eastern Flames. They will compete in a round-robin format from June 25 - July 12 at venues across the island.
Players will also participate in the Sandals Cricket Academy, which will be held at Sabina Park after the tournament.