Sterling Products under their Igloo Ice-Cream brand became the latest sponsor to throw its support behind the 2nd edition of the Smalta/ Ministry of Public Health Girls U-11 Football event, donating an undisclosed sum yesterday to the tourney organizers.
Held at the Company’s Boardroom, Managing Director Ramsay Ali said the company is proud to be associated with the event, declaring that it is the first occasion the entity has been a part of the discipline.
He further said “I have asked for the two principals to outline their programmes for the next year so that I could put some more money in my 2016 budget to give more”.
Recently elected President of the National Women’s Association, Charmaine Wade declared their aim is to revive women’s football locally and that the Petra Organization fits directly into that mould.
Tournament Coordinator and Petra Organization Co-Director Troy Mendonca thanked the company for coming on board, declaring their contribution will go a far way into assisting the teachers and coaches who contribute tirelessly in making the event a success.
Mendonca added “Over the past five years we’ve been working hard to secure financial assistance for the teachers and coaches who we know make great sacrifices away from their families to be with the students, especially at weekends and this we believe will go a far way in alleviating the burden they face”.
With the presentation, Sterling Products became the second entity to support the budding initiative after the National Sports Commission displayed its support of the event, recently, donating $10,000 to every teacher of the competing schools towards travelling expenses.
Director of Sports Christopher Jones lauded the Petra Organization’s commitment to development of sports among females as it fits in the mould and objective of the commission to expand female participation.
Mendonca, during his address on behalf of the Petra Organization thanked the commission for their donation, declaring that the donation will serve as motivation.
The event will continue on Saturday at the Ministry of Education ground. Winner of the event will receive championship trophy and medals while the second placed unit will walk away with the corresponding trophy and medals. The third and fourth placed unit will collect the respective trophy.
Individual prizes inclusive of the tourney most valuable player, highest goal scorer and best goal-keeper will be up for grabs.