APPROXIMTELY 360 STUDENTS ACROSS THE REGION TO BENEFIT FROM CPL COACHING
Kingston, Jamaica – Thursday, May 24, 2018: Digicel and the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) have rewarded six schools from across the region with a spot in the Digicel Youth Cricket series.
With 455 secondary schools across the six CPL host countries entered for the chance to win, the final six earned their victory by securing the most votes in each of their respective countries. The partnership between Digicel and CPL is geared towards unearthing and developing the West Indian cricket stars of the future by training and inspiring them through the annual series. This year, approximately 60 boys and girls in each CPL host nation will benefit from the coaching clinics.
Returning this year, bigger and better, the Digicel Youth Cricket Series launched digitally by inviting everyone in the six competing countries to vote for the secondary school they thought most deserving of the coaching clinics. Over 16,000 votes later, the schools that came out on top were St. Michael School from Barbados, Kingston College from Jamaica, Leon Hess Comprehensive from St. Lucia, Washington Archibald High from St. Kitts & Nevis, Fatima College from Trinidad & Tobago and West Demerara Secondary from Guyana.
“The Digicel Youth Cricket Series is all about propelling our young cricket athletes towards greatness and honing their talent for the future. We want them to go on and succeed, so we have collaborated with CPL to provide a training ground for these kids to work on their skills alongside the best CPL players and coaches. We want to inspire them and show them how possible it is for them to gain a career in the sport that they love,” said Tari Lovell, Group Sponsorship Manager at Digicel.
Damien O’Donohoe, Hero CPL CEO, said: “Growing cricket in the region is hugely important to our tournament and we are firmly committed to getting Caribbean young people excited and interested in cricket, and helping to develop them into world class players. This partnership with Digicel allows us to do just that.”
Dr. Evette Mayers, Principal of the St. Michael School in Barbados, said: “We are overjoyed, we are happy. We made an extra effort to win this Digicel contest primarily because Mr. Jason Holder is a product of the St. Michael School.”
As founding sponsor and the official communications partner of CPL since 2013, Digicel has played a fundamental role in bringing the excitement and action of CPL to a wider audience through its mobile, social and television platforms across the region. Fans of the “the biggest party in sport” can download PlayGo for free and tune into the dedicated CPL channel to watch live coverage of the 2018 tournament and past CPL games.
Phase 2 of the Digicel Youth Cricket Series will bowl off with the first coaching clinic in Barbados with CPL Ambassador Jason Holder along with local and international coaches offering their expertise to the students.