The highly successful relationship between the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club, (RHTY&SC) and Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL), through its international soft drink brand Pepsi, has been renewed for the 14th consecutive year.
On Friday last, the company renewed its cricket sponsorship of the RHTY&SC Under-19 and Intermediate cricket teams. Pepsi has been sponsoring the teams since 2004 when it replaced former official sponsor Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company.
Secretary/CEO Hilbert Foster hailed the long-standing relationship between the club and the official sponsor.
He stated that DDL and Pepsi are two of the main reasons why the RHTY&SC, is widely considered Guyana’s leading youth and sports organisation with an unmatched list of activities and achievements.
The club, Foster stated, has won the Guyana Cricket Club-of-the-Year Award five times since DDL and Pepsi came on board- 2004, 2005, 2009, 2010 and 2016. The teams have also won Berbice Championships and have produced Berbice and Guyana junior cricketers, while Shemaine Campbelle and Assad Fudadin have gone on to represent the West Indies.
Since 2004, the Pepsi Under-19 team has produced players of the calibre of Assad Fudadin, Abdel Fudadin, Shemaine Campbelle, Akshay Homraj, Clinton Pestano, Dominic Rikhi, Loydel Lewis, Kevlon Anderson, Kevin Sinclair, Brandon Prashad, Naresh Mahadeo, Keith Simpson, Sylus Tyndall, Parmanand Narine, Shailendra Shameer, Brandon Corlette, Marian Samaroo, Sheneta Grimmond, Plaffina Millington and Deborah Vanderstoop among others who have either played for Berbice or Guyana.
The team also won the lone Intermediate tournament for Berbice team when they lifted the Neal and Massy title in 2010.
Foster also disclosed that under the name of the sponsorship, the Pepsi teams have undertaken hundreds of personal development projects under the sub-headings of sports, culture, charity, pro-education, awards/honour, religious, youth development, job creation, social community development among others.
Kevin Sinclair would be in charge of the Under-19 team with Kevlon Anderson as his deputy, while Major James Fraser and Delbert Hicks would be in charge of the Intermediate team.
Among the players of the Pepsi teams would be Kevlon Anderson, Junior Sinclair, Shemaine Campbelle, Sylus Tyndall, Keith Simpson, Brandon Corlette, Mark Papannah, Troy Mathieson, Brandon Prashad, Erva Giddings and Chanderpaul Govindan.
Marketing Manager of DDL, Larry Wills, hailed the relationship between the two organisations as successful and noted that the teams have represented the Pepsi brand with pride and success on and off the cricket field.
DDL, he stated, invests heavily in sports, culture, education and youth development as part of its corporate duties and is proud to be associated with the RHTY&SC, M.S. The sponsorship for 2017 is worth $240,000.