Sandals U-19 cricket competition to target cream of Jamaica's emerging talent

By June 26, 2019

The Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) on Tuesday launched the third staging of the Sandals Resorts Under-19 cricket competition and academy at the Trelawny Multipurpose Stadium.

The competition will be used to select the national U-19 team to participate in the regional tournament that commences on July 25 in Guyana.

More than 60 of the country’s best national U-19 players being divided into four teams – Northern Lights, Western Heat, Southern Sparks and Eastern Flames – competing in a round-robin format from June 25 – July 12 at venues across the island.

 The programme, which started in 2017, is funded by title sponsors Sandals who inked a three-year, J$10.5M deal with the JCA along with support from Rainforest Seafoods and Wisynco.

”This cricket competition and academy are among the avenues through which we enrich the lives of people in the countries where we have a footprint,” said Sandals Resorts Public Relations Manager – Sponsorships Crissano Dalley.

“We’ve done similar projects in other Caribbean countries. As a sponsor for the West Indies cricket team, it is important that we support the development of talents, which will ultimately represent the region on the international stage. It is a proud moment to see Windies cricketers excelling who have benefitted from programmes like this.”

Meanwhile, JCA CEO Courtney Francis the tournament provides a well-needed opportunity for the island’s developing cricketers.

“We are always excited as administrators for developmental programmes such as these and for sponsors like Sandals and Rainforest, but my biggest joy is for the young men who are the beneficiaries,” he said.

“The under-19 level is that final stepping stone before representing a club or parish in Senior Cup cricket and Jamaica (regionally) at the senior level. This competition and academy do three main things – reinforce the proper playing techniques learned in the previous levels, teach the science of tactical game management concepts and fine tune their personal development in areas such as nutrition, financial planning, conflict resolution, media engagement, public speaking among others.”

Corporate Sales Manager at Rainforest Seafoods, Richard Coleman drew a parallel between the growth of under-19 cricketers and the growth of the Rainforest brand.

 “Successful people and successful brands share at least one common characteristic – the ability to carefully plan. Great Jamaican cricketers never became so overnight, they had to start as young men with a plan,” he said.

“Young men who benefitted from programmes similar to this competition and academy. It was the investment of time and expertise from others, which helped them to grow and be able to so proudly represent Jamaica and the region. Rainforest sees itself as an enabler of future success, so we wish the young men all the best.”



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