PRESS RELEASE – Continuing their support of young people in the Gros Islet community, IGY Rodney Bay Marina recently responded to the needs of the Gros Islet Football League by providing training t-shirts for the entire squad who participated in this year’s annual Blackheart competition.
In a recent handover ceremony, Marina General Manager Simon Bryan presented the t-shirts to League President, Shayne Paul.
The Gros Islet Football League currently has four age groups participating in national competitions: under 14, under 17, under 21 and the senior team.
The League sees the development of sports, particularly football, as key to the future success of youth in the area, providing educational opportunities and contributing to a better quality of life for themselves and their families.
For the past two years, IGY Rodney Bay Marina has spearheaded community outreach and youth development activities as a top priority.
The company sponsors children from the Gros Islet community in the St Lucia Youth Sailing Program and has supported local day charter company Jus’ Sail with their Youth Training Program for the last three summers, an initiative that has introduced young St Lucians to sailing and the marine industry as a possible arena for a career.
In 2014, Rodney Bay Marina introduced a Schools’ Outreach program, bringing dozens of kids to the marina for days of maritime fun and educational activities.
This October will see the third such event, and the marina is looking forward to sharing the excitement of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) as it arrives in St Lucia this December.
The staff at Rodney Bay Marina believes that the growth of all types of sport is beneficial to the young people of St Lucia.
Marketing Manager Alana Mathurin praised the Gros Islet Football League for their endeavors in fundraising and building a strong football culture in the area.
In terms of social responsibility, IGY Rodney Bay Marina feels very strongly about investing in the youth of St Lucia, and we don’t restrict that to sailing or marine activities.
President of the Gros Islet Football League, Shayne Paul expressed the gratitude of the players and coaches, stating, “We are very thankful for IGY’s donation of 52 shirts, and this effort will go a long way in helping the teams. The IGY Rodney Bay Marina logo will be worn with pride, even with our upset on Sunday by Vieux Fort South; we are excited and looking forward to the Super League championships.”