- June, 28 2010 -
- The 12-team tournament - which is in the playoff stages - will benefit from much-needed support from Digicel
Wednesday, August 4th 2009 – Brooklyn, New York: Digicel, the largest mobile operator in the Caribbean and recent entrant to Central America, today announced details of its three-year sponsorship of the Digicel Caribbean Cup New York.
The tournament, which is in its 17th year and features 12 representative teams from the Caribbean and South America, is currently entering the playoff stages of the tournament, with Jamaica and St.Vincent leading the build up to the final, which takes place on Sunday, September 6th in Brooklyn, New York. Digicel will provide much-needed funds to the staging of the weekly rounds of the tournament, as well as marketing support and investment in player development.
Fred Ballantyne, President of Caribbean Cup Inc. who organizes the tournament, welcomed Digicel’s sponsorship and said: “Having a company such as Digicel, who is so heavily involved in football in the Caribbean and Central America, come on board and support the Digicel Caribbean Cup New York is fantastic. This tournament is now in its 17th year and we need all the support we can get to make sure that our players get all the necessary support to further their development and that fans can enjoy some great displays of Caribbean football talent.”
Digicel’s General Manager for the Diaspora Region, Valerie Estime, said: “Football is one of the most popular sports in the world and Digicel is committed to supporting the development of football in the Caribbean and Central American region. With so many Caribbean nationals living in the New York who passionately support their teams, it is only natural that we extend our support to the Digicel Caribbean Cup New York.”
As in the Caribbean and Central America, Digicel will be rolling out some exciting promotions and competitions over the coming weeks to support the tournament and football fans can expect to enjoy a great day of entertainment as they support their teams at the Jefferson stadium in Brooklyn.”
The 12 representative teams taking part in the Digicel Caribbean Cup New York are;
Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Columbia, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines and Trinidad & Tobago.
As well as sponsoring 16 national football associations, federations and Digicel international matches in the Caribbean and Central America, Digicel is the main sponsor of the Digicel Caribbean Championships and the Copa de Naciones Digicel – which are the sole qualifying tournaments for the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Digicel also runs the Digicel Kick Start Clinics which are currently in their second year. The Kick Start Clinics are currently taking place for Under 16 footballers in six Caribbean and four Central American countries. Former England and Liverpool football legend, John Barnes, is Head Coach of the Digicel Kick Start Clinics and will select eight of the most talented Caribbean players to spend one week training with Sunderland AFC, and six of the most talented Central American footballers to spend one week training with Liverpool AFC.
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ABOUT DIGICEL GROUP
Since its launch in 2001, Digicel has become 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 across its 31 markets worldwide.
Digicel is incorporated in Bermuda. 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. Barths. Digicel Pacific comprises Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu.
Digicel is the lead sponsor of Caribbean, Central American and South Pacific sports teams, including the West Indies Cricket Team, Special Olympics teams throughout the region and national rugby teams in the South Pacific. Digicel is also 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.
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