Netball IDC launch

from left: Digicel PR abd Spobsorship manager Satish Narayan , Digicel Regional Manager West Florence Eyre, Punjas Group Marketing manager Gopal Jadhav, Netball Fiji Vivian Koster, Fiji Pearls head coach Vicky Wilson, Punajs director Pravish Punja and Punjas Group General Manager Patrick Kumar during the launching of the Punjas Digicel National Championship in Lautoka yesterday.Picture.MACIU MALO

NETBALL Fiji receives a major boost with a timely joint sponsorship from Punjas and Digicel to sponsor this year’s Punjas Digicel National Championship scheduled to start at Lautoka’s multi-purpose courts this morning.

The event will be the biggest netball festival to be staged in the country –– boasting a total of 38 teams from 12 districts.

Close to 500 netters are expected to converge in Lautoka during the two-day competition. Punjas Group marketing manager Gopal Jadhav said the company was committed to the development of the sport in Fiji.

“We are happy to partner with Digicel and support the National Netball Championships for the fifth year,” he said.

“Women play netball and is overwhelmingly supported by women –– many of whom are the people Punjas serves, so our support for netball makes perfect sense.

“We hope that by sponsoring netball, more girls and young women will look to the sport as one that can contribute to a healthy lifestyle and provide economic opportunities for them and other families.”

Digicel Fiji CEO Mike Greig said the company would continue to sponsor Netball Fiji.

“I am excited that we can continue to support Fiji Netball. We have supported netball over the last five years and our past joint sponsorship also included the Super League and the International Series.”

“This commitment highlights our efforts to help Fiji Netball grow their potential player base at home and prepare them well for various international Test matches and competitions.

“This event over the past four years presented a great platform for our youth players to showcase their talent and prepare them for international events.

“I hope our local-based players will use this event to impress selectors to get a place in the Fiji training squad for the 2019 Netball World Cup and the 2021 Netball Youth World Cup.

“I am looking forward to another exciting and competitive championship in Lautoka this weekend and I know the players from all the teams have prepared well for battle.”

Fiji Netball president Wainikiti Bogidrau thanked the two organisations for their continued support to Fiji netball.

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