SportsMax Vice President of Marketing Tanya Lee hailed sports as a powerful means of enabling women to reach their full potential, as the Caribbean sports cable giants honoured Jamaica’s senior national women’s team on International Women’s Day.

The Reggae Girlz made history late last year when they became the first female Caribbean team to qualify for this summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup, slated for June 7 to July 7.  The presentation was made on the International Women’s Day edition of the SportsMax Zone on Friday.

“Football is a powerful means of enabling women to fulfil their potential both in sport and in society. The Reggae Girls have done our entire region proud and we stand ready to provide regional support for the Girlz,” Lee said.

On hand to receive the honorary plaque on behalf of the team was Jamaica Football Federation’s Marketing Director, Sophia Harris Lau and Reggae Girlz goalkeeper Chris-Ann Chambers.

Chambers, a 23-year old third-year medical student of the University of the West Indies, expressed that International Women’s Day affords the team another opportunity to be celebrated and recognized as they prepare for the FIFA World Cup Final.

In recognizing her sources of personal inspiration, Chambers pointed to Brazilian footballer Marta and tennis legend Serena Williams as athletes who embody a never-say-die attitude and face competition with immense confidence.

“I really want to say thanks to the Jamaican public, we’re feeling the support now…thanks to those who have been there from day one. Coach Blaine, the girls who played before us because we are standing on the shoulders of girls who paved the way for us.  This is a celebration for everyone that was involved in women’s football,” Chamber’s said.

Sophia Harris Lau encouraged the local media to continue to support the girls and encouraged them to aid the JFF in publicizing their names and faces so that once June becomes a reality, they will be household names.

 

Football governing body in Central America and the Caribbean, CONCACAF, has mandated that the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) make the country’s top-flight football league a little more efficient. 

The Reggae Girlz two matches against Chile on Thursday, February 28 and Sunday, March 3, revealed much about the women vying for contention for the squad to be selected to represent Jamaica at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Spain.

The official opening of the synthetic playing surface, the first of its kind in Jamaica, at the UWI/Captain Horace Burrell Academy of Excellence, will take place on March 13.

The Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) is hoping to have the South African Women’s team play against the Reggae Girlz in April as the Caribbean team continues its preparation for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup this summer.

President of the Jamaica Football Federation Michael Ricketts said he has hopes of arranging a match between the Reggae Boyz and two-time World Cup champions Argentina in the near future.

Two-time finalists, Jamaica, will know in about two weeks whether the country will host a match in the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) president Michael Ricketts wants his organisation to play a greater role in making decisions that affect the game the world over. 

Maltese Premier League side St Andrews FC were to have played against Red Stripe Premier League team, Waterhouse FC on Sunday at Drewsland, but the Jamaica Football Federation has declined to give the game its stamp of approval. 

Jamaica’s world-cup bound Reggae Girlz got a financial boost Sunday with the news that Supreme Ventures Limited has committed just over US$100,000 (J$13million) to the women’s programme over the next two years.

The Reggae Girlz created history in October by qualifying for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France and will open their account against current world-number 10 Brazil on June 9. The Jamaican senior women will play in Group C alongside Australia and Italy and its South American neighbours.

Supreme Ventures, who came on board as Gold sponsors for the first time, signed an agreement with the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) to pump about US$50,000 into the national outfit annually starting January 2019.

“We are extremely appreciative of the help we get from Corporate Jamaica and we are thrilled that Supreme Ventures has come forward with a two-year commitment at this time,” said Jamaica Football Federation President Michael Ricketts.

“We need all the help that we can muster to help our Girls in France and this will certainly add to that effort.

The JFF president said that the partnership demonstrates SVL’s confidence in the Reggae Girlz as the commitment will continue, long after World Cup finals that are to begin on June 7, 2019.

“We cannot overlook the confidence SVL has in the Reggae Girlz by supporting them beyond the World Cup finals. We hope that with this support, we can focus more on developing our team to do more on the international stage,” he said. 

Meantime, Chief Marketing Officer at Supreme Ventures, Heather Goldson said the Girls’ historic win was hard-won and well deserved.

“This is a historic moment for our nation, and a pivotal moment for women’s football in Jamaica,” she said.

“We expect them to do well on this campaign to France and beyond and they have our full support in this regard. We felt it was critical to support the hard work these young women put in to get Jamaica to its second World Cup in history.”

It was announced in the Parliament recently Jamaican government plans to commit more than US$150,000 to the Reggae Girlz while Cedella Marley, who has been the main backer of the team during the world cup campaign, has launched a jewellery line with profits from sales going towards the national senior women's team.

Caribbean Airlines is now the official airline of Jamaica’s world-cup bound Reggae Girlz, the Jamaica Football Federation announced on Wednesday.

Cedella Marley has designed a collection of jewellery to commemorate Jamaica’s Reggae Girlz historic World Cup qualification with the profits from sales donated to the team’s world cup preparation.

Jamaica’s sports minister Olivia Grange has lauded the late Winston Chung Fah as one of the best ever to serve the region.

Winston Chung Fah, a man considered a legend of Jamaica’s football, died on Thursday at the age of 78.

Michael Ricketts, President of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) said it was welcome news that the Sports Development Foundation (SDF), is to fund the world-cup bound women’s team to the tune of in excess of US$150,000 (approx.J$20 million).

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