Petrojam Limited recently pumped energy into the activities of the Jamaica Football Federation through its renewed sponsorship of Jamaica’s National Football programme.
Speaking at a ceremony to announce the renewed and expanded partnership, General Manager of Petrojam, Howard Mollison noted that with the renewal, the company’s contribution would extend beyond the men’s senior team to all national football teams.
“This twelve-year partnership is indicative of our commitment to national sports development; our commitment to fuelling dreams, fuelling passions and by so doing promote solidarity, cultural awareness and camaraderie,” he noted. “We are sure that this renewal will redound to the benefit of our footballers and to our nation,” Mollison added.
The value of the fuel to be allocated over the life of the four year Sponsorship Agreement has been increased from $4.8 million to $7.2 million.
Expressing appreciation for the increased value of the sponsorship, President of the Jamaica Football Federation, Captain Horace Burrell said that it would help to offset their operational expenses while supporting the movement of all the national teams. “Many persons don’t understand how costly it is – there are meals, transportation, accommodation, airfares, medical expenses to consider,” he said. Captain Burrell urged the Reggae Boyz to perform creditably at all times, noting, “You have a responsibility to put on a showpiece, as it is based on your success that the funds will come to propel our programmes.”
“It was our performance in the last couple of matches that has gotten the sponsors to start looking our direction again.”
Coach of the Reggae Boyz Winfried Schaefer was also heartened by the partnership. “These sponsors are helping us to weather the rough storms ahead on the Road to Russia. It is not easy; it is very hard and very long so we are quite grateful” he stated.