Ties between football and corporate Jamaica strengthened through formation of Wray & Nephew Football Programme

By June 14, 2024
From left: J. Wray & Nephew Ltd. Managing Director Jean-Philippe Beyer, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport the hon. Olivia 'Babsy' Grange, Jamaica Football Federation President Michael Ricketts and Jamaica Football Federation Technical Committee Chairman Rudolph Speid at Thursday's announcement of the Wray & Nephew Football Programme at the Wray & Nephew headquarters in Kingston. From left: J. Wray & Nephew Ltd. Managing Director Jean-Philippe Beyer, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport the hon. Olivia 'Babsy' Grange, Jamaica Football Federation President Michael Ricketts and Jamaica Football Federation Technical Committee Chairman Rudolph Speid at Thursday's announcement of the Wray & Nephew Football Programme at the Wray & Nephew headquarters in Kingston.

The ties between Jamaica’s football and corporate Jamaica got stronger on Thursday as well-loved brand Wray & Nephew unveiled plans for a newly minted Wray & Nephew Football Programme.

The programme, inspired by the longstanding partnerships with the island’s most impactful sporting competitions, was developed to foster the technical advancement of football in Jamaica, with a special emphasis on coaching education and bolstering the journey of the Reggae Boyz and Reggae Girlz towards the World Cup.

The investment will be to the sum of approximately $200 million over the next three years.

“The Wray and Nephew Football Program has been created to support our commitment to advance football in Jamaica. To that effect, we have decided to increase and widen our support and investment in the beautiful game,” said Jean-Philippe Beyer, Managing Director at J. Wray & Nephew.

“Supporting football from grassroots programs to professional leagues is a privilege for us and I say this because, through this partnership, we are not only seeing the triumphs of our players and our coaches, we are also seeing the positive impacts their achievements have on their families and communities,” he added.

In addition to being the title sponsors of both the JPL and Major League, Wray & Nephew will also be the official spirit of the senior Reggae Boyz and Reggae Girlz, supporting them in their dream of qualifying for the World Cup.

Beyer also announced that Wray & Nephew are in the process of directly sponsoring some stadiums.

“We are still in discussions with a number of them but tonight I can announce that we are at the contract stage with Ferdi Neita Park and Waterhouse Mini Stadium,” he said.

Ferdi Neita Park is the home of Portmore United while Waterhouse Mini Stadium houses Waterhouse FC.

Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) President Michael Ricketts, who was also on hand on Thursday, has always pleaded for corporate Jamaica to get more involved in the country’s football and he was understandably elated that Wray & Nephew has done just that.

“When we get a positive response from our daily calls from corporate Jamaica to come on board and help us use the sport of football to socially impact the well-being of boys and girls in this country, I am absolutely delighted,” he said.

The Hon. Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, Jamaica’s Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, recognised the importance of the partnership between corporate Jamaica and sport.

“This evening, we add another to the many partnerships between Jamaican companies and sporting bodies, communities and the Government over the years,” she said.

“This partnership with a Jamaican-born company, J. Wray & Nephew Ltd, is a cause for celebration because, not only are we stronger together, but this partnership also highlights our shared passion for football and our vibrant sporting culture which, together, have brought so much joy to our people,” she added.

 

 

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