- May, 25 2010 -
Sunday, May 23rd 2010 – Brooklyn, New York: Digicel, the largest mobile operator in the Caribbean and fastest growing operator in Central America and the Pacific, on Friday launched the Digicel Caribbean Cup New York, in association with Caribbean Cup Inc.
This is the second year of a three-year sponsorship which provides much-needed funds to stage the weekly rounds of the tournament, as well as marketing support and investment in player development. Customers will also be able to avail of Digicel’s latest promotion at the matches – Double Bubble - which gives customers 100% extra free credit when they purchase Digicel top up online.
The tournament is in its 19th year and features 12 representative teams from the Caribbean and South America. The Digicel Caribbean Cup New York begins on May 30th in Jefferson High School, 12508 Flatlands Ave, Brooklyn, New York with Guyana and Haiti kicking off proceedings at 4.30pm, followed by St. Vincent & the Grenadines at 6pm. Fifteen weeks of exciting Sunday afternoon football will follow until the grand final of the Digicel Caribbean Cup New York, which takes place on Sunday, September 5th.
Caribbean Cup Inc. President, Fred Ballantyne, said at Friday’s launch in Brooklyn; “Last year was one of the most successful Digicel Caribbean Cups to date. Not only did we see an increase in support from media and spectators, but five of our players were drafted to play professional football in Europe. That speaks volumes about the calibre of football being played and how important it is for Caribbean and South American nationals living in New York to have the opportunity to compete in such a prestigious competition.
“Having a company such as Digicel - which is so heavily involved in football in the Caribbean and Central America - support the Digicel Caribbean Cup New York is fantastic. We need all the assistance we can get to make sure that our players get all the necessary support to further their development and to ensure that fans can enjoy some great displays of Caribbean football talent.”
Digicel General Manager for the Diaspora, Valerie Estimé, said of Digicel’s support for the tournament; “Football is one of the most popular sports in the world and Digicel is committed to supporting the development of football across the Caribbean and Central American region. With so many Caribbean nationals living in New York passionately supporting their teams, we are delighted to be sponsoring the Digicel Caribbean Cup New York for the second year running.
“Digicel is also committed to ensuring that those living in the Diaspora region can avail of Digicel’s exciting range of services and, through our sponsorship of the Digicel Caribbean Cup New York, more and more people will be able to access these services.”
The format for the 19th Digicel Caribbean Cup New York is as follows:
Defending Digicel Caribbean Cup Champions, Jamaica, has automatically qualified for the East Zone, while runner up, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, is in the West Zone. The zones this year will compete as follows:
- East Zone – Jamaica, Guyana, Honduras, Haiti, St. Lucia, and Columbia
- West Zone – St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Antigua & Barbuda, Dominica, Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados and St. Kitts and Nevis
Opening Day admission is US$10. Admission up until August 8th will be US$8 and during the play-off games on August 15th, 22nd and 29th, tickets will be US$10.
Digicel currently offers a range of innovative products and services to Caribbean and Central American nationals living in the Diaspora, including online top up – where customers can log on to any Digicel website and top up or send minutes to people back home; retail top up – where customers can go into any one of over 100,000 retail stores in the UK, Canada, the Caribbean and the USA and purchase Digicel top up or send Digicel minutes to friends and relatives in their home country; and Digicel calling cards – where customers calling friends and family in Haiti and Jamaica can call home at competitive rates using minutes stored on the calling card.
Digicel has been involved in a wide range of football initiatives designed to support the development of football in the Caribbean and Central America over the last six years. Digicel, which has operations in 32 countries worldwide, sponsors 17 Football Federations and Leagues, as well as the Digicel Caribbean Cup and the Copa de Naciones Digicel in Central America.
Digicel also spearheads the Digicel Kick Start Clinics in the Caribbean and Central America, which offer young footballers the opportunity to train with renowned footballers such as Liverpool legends, John Barnes and Ian Rush, as well as spend one week with UK Premier League Clubs, Sunderland AFC and Manchester City.
For more information, please log on to www.digicelfootball.com
ABOUT DIGICEL GROUP
After nine years of operation, Digicel has 9.1 million customers across its Caribbean and Central American markets and is renowned for competitive rates, unbeatable coverage, superior customer care, a wide variety of products and services and state-of-the-art handsets. By offering innovative wireless services and community support, Digicel has become a leading brand in the Caribbean and has placed the region at the cutting-edge of wireless communications. The company is also a recent entrant to the Central American market in Panama and Honduras, where is has 1.6 million subscribers.
Digicel is incorporated in Bermuda and now has operations in 32 markets worldwide. Its Caribbean and Central American markets comprise: Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, Bermuda, Bonaire, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Curacao, Dominica, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Panama, St Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago and Turks & Caicos. The Caribbean company also has coverage in St. Martin and St. Barts. Pacific markets comprise: Fiji, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu.
In total, across its 32 markets, Digicel has over 10.7 million subscribers.
Digicel is the lead sponsor of Caribbean and Central American sports teams, including the West Indies Cricket Team and Special Olympics teams throughout the region. Digicel is also the title sponsor of the Digicel Caribbean Championships and the Copa de Naciones Digicel, which are the Caribbean and Central American qualifiers to the CONCACAF Gold Cup. And in the Pacific, Digicel is the proud sponsor of several national rugby teams including the Digicel Fiji 7s, Digicel Tonga Ikale Tahi 7s and 15s and the Digicel Vanuatu 7s and 15s. Digicel also sponsors the Vanuatu Cricket team.
Visit www.digicelgroup.com for more information on Digicel.