PCJ GROUP GIVES $460,000 FOR NATIONAL SCHOOLS CHESS CHAMPS
Kingston, Jamaica – February 3, 2015: The Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) Group of Companies has thrown its support behind local Chess with a sponsorship package valued at more than $460,000 for the staging of the 2014/15 National Schools Chess Championships.
The tournament, which is the flagship junior event of the Jamaica Chess Federation, kicked off in December with 44 teams from 26 schools across the country matching skills in the Kingston and Rural area competitions. Play is scheduled to continue until March when the regional championships will be held and the winners for the Kingston Area and Rural Area will be decided.
The competition will culminate with the All Island Championship which is scheduled for March 19 at the PCJ Auditorium in New Kingston. The top team will receive $200,000 in cash and prizes courtesy of the PCJ and its subsidiary, Petrojam.
“We consider our sponsorship of the Schools Chess Championships to be a worthwhile investment in our country’s youth because Chess is one of the most constructive and beneficial sports,” PCJ Group General Manager, Winston Watson explained.
“Chess helps players to develop solid problem-solving and decision-making skills and it can improve mathematical ability and help individuals to think logically and creatively which makes it one of the most beneficial sports a young person can participate in,” he added.
Peter Myers, Vice President of the Jamaica Chess Federation said, “A major objective of the Jamaica Chess Federation is to develop a cadre of players that can become champions in the international arena and the work starts with our youngest players.”
“We are out to prove that Jamaicans can be as dominant in mental sports as we are in physical sports and we thank the PCJ Group for their tangible support as we embark on this mission,” he added.
Petrojam’s Public Relations Officer, Latoya Pennant, (right) and Camille Taylor, (centre) Manager, Information and Corporation Affairs at the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) enjoying an impromptu chess lesson from Vice President of the Jamaica Chess Federation, Peter Myers. The PCJ Group of Companies recently finalised a sponsorship agreement with the Jamaica Chess Federation under which the Federation will receive a sponsorship package valued at more than $460,000 for the staging of the 2014-15 National Schools Chess Championships.
Peter Myers, (left) Vice President of the Jamaica Chess Federation explains the basics of chess to Camille Taylor, (centre) Manager, Information and Corporation Affairs at the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) and Latoya Pennant, Petrojam’s Public Relations Officer. The PCJ Group of Companies recently finalised a sponsorship agreement with the Jamaica Chess Federation under which the Federation will receive a sponsorship package valued at more than $460,000 for the staging of the 2014-15 National Schools Chess Championships.
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Digicel donates $450,000 to JCF as part of new partnership
Saturday, April 26, 2014
The Digicel National Chess Championships are set to get under way today at Christar Villas in Kingston.
The telecommunications company has partnered with the Jamaica Chess Federation to stage the Championships by providing a sum of $450,000 for the sport which has grown significantly over the past few years.
Delighted about the new possibilities, President of the Jamaica Chess Federation Ian Wilkinson said the new partnership with Digicel is a perfect fit.
“The National Championships is our marquee event and Digicel is a marquee brand, it’s a perfect fit. It gives us greater exposure; it elevates the bar to a level that we’ve never been. It also gives the players, the organisers and the administrators a fair degree of comfort in that a number of our expenses, administrative and otherwise, will be covered,” said Wilkinson.
Currently, there are approximately 100,000 chess players in Jamaica and according to the federation president, the sport has seen approximately 20,000 new players in the last five to six years.
“Without doubt it (chess) is widely recognised as the fastest growing sport in the country and we are very excited about it. The Chess in Schools programme is also thriving and this partnership with Digicel can help tremendously in putting that forward on a greater level,” Wilkinson noted.
An awarding-winning chess player himself, Digicel Jamaica CEO Barry O’Brien was pleased to join forces with the federation. “Digicel is delighted to be on board. We see this as a long-term relationship. Chess as a sport is growing in Jamaica and we know the direct positive impact that it has on two areas that we are very focused on â€” education and literacy. So we are truly pleased to support the National Championships as title sponsor and to see the impact this will have on the youth and Jamaica in general.”
Continuing, O’Brien pointed to how mobile internet technology has also transformed how the sport can be played. “As a mobile telecommunications company, we also see the development of chess apps on smart phones as another vehicle to share the positive impact chess has on players’ intellectual development,” he added.
The partnership between Digicel and the Jamaica Chess Federation comes on the heels of the recent visit by Russian Chess Grandmaster and former World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov, who attended and addressed an amateur chess tournament hosted in his honour on April 5.
Students from various high schools across the corporate area participated in the tournament which was sponsored by Digicel.
Digicel CEO Barry O’Brien (right) was delighted to hand over a symbolic cheque valued at $450,000 to President of the Jamaica Chess Federation Ian Wilkinson signalling the company’s sponsorship of the Digicel National Chess Championships which begin today.