Title sponsor stays put as RSPL kicks off September 16

By September 13, 2018
All is well with Premier League Clubs Association Edwards Seaga, Jamaica Football Federation President Michael Ricketts and Diane Ashton-Smith, Head of Corporate Relations at title sponsors Red Stripe at Thursday's launch in Kingston. All is well with Premier League Clubs Association Edwards Seaga, Jamaica Football Federation President Michael Ricketts and Diane Ashton-Smith, Head of Corporate Relations at title sponsors Red Stripe at Thursday's launch in Kingston. Red Stripe

With the assurance that its title sponsor isn’t going anywhere, the Red Stripe Premier League  (RSPL) will kick off the 2018/2019 season on Sunday, September 16, with defending champions Portmore United playing newcomers Mount Pleasant at the Prison Oval in St. Catherine.

The new season was launched during a ceremony at the headquarters of the Jamaica Football Federation on Thursday.

The Portmore/Mount Pleasant match is among five matches set for 3:30 pm (4:30 ECT) on the opening day. Reno plays Cavalier FC at Frome Sports Complex, 2015 champions Montego Bay United will take on Tivoli Gardens at Wespow Park, while UWI FC tackles 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.

The Monday night game will feature Waterhouse FC against the other newcomer Dunbeholden FC at 8:35 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 were staying put.

“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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