Caribbean Air­lines spon­sors int’l women’s pro­gramme

The Star (Jamaica) - - SPORTS -

The Ja­maica Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion (JFF) has an­nounced that Caribbean Air­lines is now a new of­fi­cial spon­sor of the women’s na­tional team.

The part­ner­ship comes as the Reg­gae Girlz con­tinue prepa­ra­tions for what the JFF con­sid­ers a “very ac­tive 2019.” The se­nior Reg­gae Girlz cre­ated his­tory by be­com­ing the first Caribbean na­tion to qual­ify for a FIFA Women’s World Cup and will com­pete in next June’s edi­tion in France. The Na­tional Un­der-17 and Un­der-20 Reg­gae Girlz will also be­gin their own cam­paign for World Cup glory, be­gin­ning at the Caribbean and CONCACAF lev­els.

JFF pres­i­dent Michael Rick­etts ex­pressed de­light at the part­ner­ship and thanked Caribbean Air­lines for get­ting ‘on board’ at a what he de­scribes as “a time of crit­i­cal need.” He asked other cor­po­rate en­ti­ties to also sup­port the women’s pro­gramme.

“There is a lot of fo­cus on the women’s pro­gramme, start­ing with FIFA, and the JFF is also en­sur­ing that the coun­try’s very tal­ented women are fa­cil­i­tated to do their best and make the coun­try and the re­gion proud,” he said. “The JFF can­not do it alone, and the sup­port of Caribbean Air­lines and oth­ers who are giv­ing sup­port is very much ap­pre­ci­ated. Caribbean Air­lines has once again shown why it is a leader in the re­gion.”

Caribbean Air­lines Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Gavin Med­era says that it is hon­oured to join the Reg­gae Girlz on what he calls “their truly ex­traor­di­nary jour­ney.”

“The team rep­re­sents the quintessen­tial spirit of Ja­maica; the work ethic, the verve, and the op­ti­mism,” he said. “The Reg­gae Girlz have in­spired us all, and Caribbean Air­lines is hon­oured to sup­port the mis­sion as they con­tinue to show the world what they can do.”

Ja­maica’s Deneisha Black­wood (front) shoots as on An­tigua and Bar­buda’s player looks on dur­ing their Concacaf Caribbean Women’s Qualifier at the Na­tional Sta­dium in Kingston on Satur­day, Au­gust 25, 2018.

John Chin

Rick­etts

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