At least one regional side has rid itself of the perennial headache of sponsorship.
The Windward Islands have secured sponsorship valued at $20,000 for the imminent Caribbean T20 Cricket Tournament slated for Trinidad and Tobago and St. Lucia next month.
Executive director of the Discover Dominica Authority Colin Piper and president of the Windward Islands Cricket Board, Emanuel Nanthan, signed off on the sponsorship agreement this week at the Financial Center in that island.Nanthan said he was grateful for the gesture and promised that the Windward Islands cricket team would make best use of the sponsorship.
“We are very pleased and grateful that DDA found us willing and capable partners to work with and they will be sponsoring our team going through the 2013 competition. We hope that this will be the year that the Windward Islands become the champions of the Caribbean T-20 Tournament,” he said.
Piper remarked that the investment was a worthwhile one since Dominica would be exposed on a global scale.
“We also recognise that this event will be shown worldwide through ESPN2 Network and as such Dominica will get prominent branding because the word ‘DOMINICA’ will be on the front chest of the Windward Islands team,” he said.
According to him, the initiative was done to further develop sports tourism in Dominica.
“One reason is since the building of the sports stadium here we’ve realised the impact of sports as it pertains to the movement of people and for sports tourism that is of keen interest to us. So we look at this partnership in a way to further develop our involvement in the area of sports tourism,” Piper pointed out.
Nanthan explained that the funding would help mobilise the Windward Islands team, get the needed equipment and give more time for training.
The tournament will be played in Trinidad and Tobago from January 6 -12 and St. Lucia from January 15 -20. (windiescricket)