President of the St Catherine Football Association (SCFA) Peter Reid revealed a new sponsorship deal of $1.2m received from Stewart Industrial to support the FA’s Youth Development Program within the parish.
 Peter Reid (right), president of St Catherine Football Association, receives a symbolic cheque from James Lechler, general manager of Stewart Industrial, at the recent press launch held at Arian’s Restaurant in Twichenham Park, St Catherine.

This sponsorship, announced recently at Arian’s Restaurant in Twickenham Park, St Catherine, is set for two years and will cover the Under-13, Under-15 and Under-17 age groups.”As the general manager of Jamaica’s largest distributor of heavy equipment and commercial vehicles, we know what it means to work hard. It requires commitment, dedication and a drive that should be instilled from a young age,” said general manager of Stewart Industrial James Lechler after handing over the cheque to Reid.

“So naturally, sponsorship of this esteemed Youth Development Program, primarily the age groups of U-13s, U-15s and U-17s is the perfect fit for our brand. With Jamaica’s high crime rate, we feel that the more of our country’s youth that have access to enjoying sporting activities, health and physical fitness and team building, is the more children we will have focused on their personal and community development and less on finding ways to get into trouble.”

Reid expressed gratitude at having a new sponsor on board.

“On behalf of the St Catherine Football Association, the executive members and its affiliates, I welcome this partnership and will be doing everything possible to make this sponsorship a mutual success,” said the FA president.

Stewart Industrial is one of Jamaica’s largest distributors of heavy equipment and commercial vehicles. The company provides after-sales services and units to the mining, construction, agricultural, tourism, trucking, material handling, power generation and transportation sectors.

SCFA also used the occasion to recognise Portmore United FC for the team’s recent outstanding performance, topping Group D of the 2017 Caribbean Club Championship and advancing to the final stage of the competition to be held in Trinidad and Tobago, when six teams will compete for four places in the CONCACAF Champions League.

—Bev Melbourne

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