Sherwin Williams presents $500,000 to Reggae Girlz
Long-standing sponsor of the local women's football league, Sherwin Williams on Monday handed over a cheque valued at $500,000 to the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) to assist with the final stages of preparation for the Reggae Girlz participation at the FIFA Women's World Cup in France.
The presentation was made when the Reggae Girlz paid a courtesy call at the company's corporate office at White Marl in St Catherine.
Ian Forbes, Managing Director of Sherwin Williams, in speaking to the Reggae Girlz, spoke about the pride he felt over the years as Sherwin Williams sponsored the women's league and the knockout competition and the pleasure he felt when Jamaica created history and qualified for the World Cup.
"Women's football is in the DNA of Sherwin Williams" declared Forbes.
Reggae Girlz goalkeeper Chris-Ann Chambers and captain Konya Plummer, who both played in the local league, spoke about their experiences and thanked Sherwin Williams for the years of support.
Forbes was supported by members of the Sherwin Williams Executive.
The Reggae Girlz are preparing for a farewell friendly international match against Panama on Sunday at the National Stadium.
The Panama game will be the final one at home before the Reggae Girlz depart for the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France from June 7 to July 7.
Jamaica's Reggae Girlz created history on October 17, 2018 in the United States by becoming the first Caribbean team to reach the FIFA Women's World Cup.
The Reggae Girlz achieved the feat by defeating Panama 4-2 on penalties in their third-place playoff match at the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship at the Toyota Stadium in Texas.
The historic qualification to the 2019 FIFA World Cup follows the success of the men’s squad, which participated in the World Cup for the first time in France 1998.
The Reggae Girlz will begin their World Cup campaign on June 9 against 2007 Women's World Cup runners-up Brazil at the Stade des Alpes in Grenoble.
Jamaica will return to action on June 14 at the Stade Auguste-Delaune in Reims where they will square off against Italy.
The Reggae Girlz will then round out their group stage action four days later on June 18 against Australia once again at the Stade des Alpes in Grenoble.