Digicel's 5th Schools Football Championship Launched
Thursday, June 11th, 2015 – Georgetown, Guyana: The fifth edition of the Digicel Schools Football Competition which is traditionally played nationwide was launched on June 10th 2015 at simple ceremony that was conducted, at the Beterverwagting Secondary School, East Coast Demerara. In attendance at the occasion was Digicel CEO Kevin Kelly, Marketing Director Ms. Jacqueline James, Events & Sponsorship Manager Gavin Hope, Director of Sport Christopher Jones, Guyana Football Federation (GFF) Normalisation Committee Chairman Clinton Urling, Tournnament Co-ordinator Lavern Fraser, teaching staff of the school and members of some of the schools from the community.
James, who has been in the forefront of the organisation of the tournament since its inception in her remarks gave a brief oversight of the competition which according to her has enjoyed a significant increase in participating schools. She informed that over 160 schools will be vying for top honours in this year’s competition, adding that once again a few new venues will host matches, a feature that has been adopted since the start. The Marketing Director said that among the new venues earmarked is the National Track and Field center in Leonora West Coast Demerara.
The tournament, which commences on June 17th and is slated to conclude on August 2nd at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence, will see twelve regional champions secure berths to the national playoffs.
Chairman of the NC Urling in his presentation first lauded the efforts of Digicel, adding that the Company’s endeavour is a clear demonstration of what the Private Sector should be and a clear expression of what social responsibility is. He wished the Organisers and the schools every success.
CEO Kevin Kelly then spoke of the first meeting they held to discuss the possibility of hosting such an enormous undertaking after former CEO Gregory Dean had broached the idea to them.
He said sport is critical to national development in a country and assured that Digicel is fully committed to investing in Guyana.
Kelly also talked about the passion that erupts among players, teachers and coaches whenever this time comes around, a facet he reminded helps to bring out the best in the participants.He promised to take the tournament to even more communities this time around.
Jones, who acted in the absence of Junior Sports Minister Nicolette Henry, first gave an excuse for her nonattendance which he said was due to her participation in the first session of the 11th Parliament yesterday, before telling the gathering that the Government of Guyana wished to acknowledge the contribution of Digicel towards the support for sports.
He too commended the Company for the work that it has been doing for the development of sport and youths across the country.
Digicel Group is a leading global communications provider with operations in 33 markets in the Caribbean, Central America and Asia Pacific. After 13 years of operation, total investment to date stands at over US$5 billion worldwide. The company is renowned for delivering best value, best service and best network.
Digicel is the lead sponsor of Caribbean, Central American and Pacific sports teams, including the Special Olympics teams throughout these regions. Digicel sponsors the West Indies cricket team and is also the presenting partner of the Caribbean Premier League. In the Pacific, Digicel is the proud sponsor of several national rugby teams and also sponsors the Vanuatu cricket team.
Digicel also runs a host of community-based initiatives across its markets and has set up Digicel Foundations in Haiti, Jamaica, Papua New Guinea and Trinidad and Tobago which focus on educational, cultural and social development programmes.