KINGSTON, Jamaica … March 8, 2023 – The Seprod Group of Companies has responded to the call from Netball Jamaica to offset costs associated with preparation for the 2023 Netball World Cup to the tune of $15.1M.
The announcement was made at the official signing and handover ceremony held today, March 8, 2023, at the National Indoor Sports Centre in Kingston. The 2023 Netball World Cup will be held in Cape Town in South Africa from July 28 to August 6.
As part of the one (1) year sponsorship Seprod will provide a nutrition and stipend package for the girls, coaches, medical and support team. Facey Commodity Limited, a member of the Seprod Group under the Libresse brand, will provide a year-long sponsorship of sanitary products for the team. Additionally, Seprod will be the title sponsor for the 2023 Elite League which shoots off on March 10, 2023. It was on a three-year hiatus due to financial challenges and the pandemic.
Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sports, Hon, Olivia Grange speaking at the ceremony said, “Salary, nutrition, the welfare and well-being of the players are important and when Seprod can come on board in such a significant way it is to be applauded. I wish other corporate entities would come on board and support women in sport like Seprod has done. For bringing the Elite League under their wings as title sponsor, Seprod deserves national applause.”
Minister Grange during her speech announced that through the Sports Development Foundation, she will be giving $10M towards the Sunshine Girls to assist with preparation.
“It is indeed a pleasure for us at Seprod to be sponsoring this incredible team and their coach, Connie Francis, who is also an employee at Seprod. The Sunshine Girls have been championship performers for decades and we just want to give them the best shot at walking away with the title,” said Head of Supply Chain at the Seprod Group, Mrs. Marilyn Golding-Anderson.
President of Netball Jamaica, Miss Tricia Robinson also expressed her appreciation for the sponsorship and said it will go a far way for the World Cup and the rest of 2023.
Brands manufactured by Seprod such as Supligen, Delite and Pronto Cornmeal Porridge Mix will also make the trip to South Africa.
“This is a great time to get on board with the girls and I am delighted that our products will remind them of home while they are off representing the country,” said Business Development Manager for Serge Dairies, Miss Sherida Cohen.
The Seprod Group has been in operation for over 80 years. With annual revenue exceeding J$36B, Seprod is one of the largest food companies in the English- speaking Caribbean, employing over 3,000 individuals with markets in 18 countries around the globe.