PRESS RELEASE – Consolidated Foods Ltd. continues to be associated with netball in St. Lucia with commitments to St. Lucia’s participation in and hosting of the Jean Pierre under 16 Netball Tournament, which starts on Saturday April 9 and ends on April 17, 2015.
The company has thrown its full support behind St. Lucia NationalNetball Associationas the host of the tournament, which is expected to feature the netball skills of over one hundred and twenty young persons representing seven Caribbean islands.
On Friday morning a cheque of $7,500 was presented to team officials to cover expenses related to St. Lucia’s participation in the tournament. This also covers the hosting of a special “Breakfast with the Stars”,during which the young netballers will meet and engage with persons who have excelled in sports.
During the presentation, Sariah Best-Joseph of CFL noted that the company’s sponsorships are more than just corporate responsibility, they are a tangible expression of the company’s commitment to customer care.
“We have a genuine focus on youth development through sport. Our financial support to netball over the years has allowed the local association to undertake coaching and player development programmes, training and travel. We hope that our contribution this year can help to make the overall experience a great one for both the local and visiting under 16 teams. Two of our suppliers, Weetabix and Elle and Vire are working alongside us in that regard,” said Best-Joseph.
The Jean Pierre Youth Tournament is described as the nursery for the continued development of the sport of netball.St. Lucia last hosted the tournament in 2004. Liota Charlemagne, President of Netball St. Lucia expressed gratitude for CFL’s support in making the 2015 tournament possible.
“Over 70% of the players who participate in this event move on to represent their respective countries at the under-21 and senior national level. We know that the under 16 tournament will serve as a catalyst as St. Lucia prepares to host the Commonwealth Youth Games in 2017, of which Netball is a featured component,” noted Charlemange-Mason.
A welcome and candle lighting ceremony is planned for this evening under the distinguished patronage of the Governor General Dame PearletteLouisy.