Saturday 22 September, 2018

Red Stripe remains as title sponsors of Premier League

Chairman of the Premier League Clubs Association, Edward Seaga (left),  President of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), Michael Ricketts (centre) and Diane Ashton-Smith, Head of Corporate Relations at title sponsors Red Stripe at the launch of the 2018-2019 season of the Red Stripe Premier League on Thursday at the offices of the JFF.

Chairman of the Premier League Clubs Association, Edward Seaga (left), President of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), Michael Ricketts (centre) and Diane Ashton-Smith, Head of Corporate Relations at title sponsors Red Stripe at the launch of the 2018-2019 season of the Red Stripe Premier League on Thursday at the offices of the JFF.

Portmore United will begin the defence of the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) against promoted team Mount Pleasant when the 2018-2019 season kicks off on Sunday, September 16.

The game will take place at Prison Oval in Spanish Town, starting at 3:30 pm.

Last season beaten finalists Waterhouse will play their opening match on Monday, September 17 against the other promoted team - Dunbeholden at the Waterhouse Stadium at 8:35 pm.

The opening set of matches were announced at the launch of the new season at the headquarters of the Jamaica Football Federation on Thursday.

The Portmore/Mount Pleasant match is among five matches set for 3:30 pm  on the opening day. Reno play Cavalier FC at Frome Sports Complex, 2015 champions Montego Bay United will take on Tivoli Gardens at Wespow Park, while UWI FC tackle Harbour View FC at the UWI Mona Bowl.

Later on Sunday, Arnett Gardens FC will host Humble Lion FC at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex at 7:00 pm.

Last season,  a dispute between the JFF and the Premier League Clubs Association (PLCA) threatened to derail the season and raised fears about whether Red Stripe would continue its sponsorship of the league.

On Thursday, Diane Ashton-Smith,  Head of Corporate Relations at Red Stripe assured stakeholders that the title sponsors will continue their support.

“This season, we will continue to support this amazing league. Despite what you may have heard, Red Stripe is not pulling out of football,” she declared while speaking on behalf of Red Stripe Managing Director Ricardo Nuncio.

“We have decided to make some changes to how we show up at football matches – particularly in terms of activations, and only for the first few months of the season. But our contractual commitment to the PLCA remains the same. Our commitment to broadcasting the games remains the same, and our commitment to developing the sport is as strong as it has ever been.”

She also announced that the company was resuming the Player Development Programme that is geared towards the holistic development of players in the RSPL.

“We look forward to the resumption of the Player Development Programme, which will include a focus on giving back this year in keeping with our own focus at Red Stripe,” she said.

“This year, as a company, Red Stripe celebrates 100 years of operations in Jamaica and we decided that rather than have a big party, we would give back to communities that have supported us throughout these 100 years.

“So we launched 100 For A Century – an initiative through which we are giving 100 gifts to Jamaican causes and communities from July to December this year.”

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