Fast food giant backs squash team for regional Junior Championship

By Ruddy Allen

Friday, July 11, 2014

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RESTAURANT Associates Limited, local franchise operators of Burger King and Popeye's Chicken & Seafood, are back on board with the Jamaica Squash Association (JSA) as a major sponsor for the team heading to the 2014 Caribbean Area Squash Association's (CASA) Junior Championship, scheduled for July 13 to 19 in Bermuda.


The junior squash team, due to depart the island today, has received $400,000 from the company, it was announced at a press conference at the Liguanea Club yesterday.


Sabrena McDonald, sales and marketing manager at Burger King, said that sponsoring the Jamaican team was never in doubt.


"Last year we followed the team's progress throughout the tournament and we were thrilled when Alyssa Mullings and Ashante Smith won individual titles and then both the girls and boys placed second in the team competition and Jamaica placed second overall.


"Youth development is our main priority and so as major sponsor I am very elated to announce that Burger King and Poyeye's Chicken & Seafood will provide tangible support to the team because it takes more than good wishes for Jamaica's young athletes to succeed," McDonald said.


The team's programme manager, Gill Binnie, then thanked the sponsor for its continued support.


"Fund-raising is proving to be an arduous challenge for athletes and sporting associations right now and so we cannot thank Burger King enough for their support for the past two years," she said.


Binnie expressed confidence that the team will make the sponsor and the country proud.


"This year we are fielding an experienced team with several players who are used to the pressures of regional competition and so we are expecting solid performances across the board," she said.


Meanwhile, coach Trevor Grant said he is happy with the players he has to work with and their general attitude towards preparation.


"For the short time I am here with the team, I like the attitude towards the game itself and I am pleased with the effort they have been putting out in training," Grant told the Jamaica Observer.


"I am happy with the team that have been selected and I am very confident that they will get the job done," he added.


The tournament, with more than 100 players from seven countries participating, will start with the individual competition contested in four age groups -- Under-13, Under-15, Under-17 and Under-19.


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