“Pepsi and the Demerara Distillers Ltd are without doubt, partners of the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club and have assisted us to develop outstanding players at the junior level, who have gone on to represent Berbice, Guyana and even the West Indies. All of us at the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club would forever be grateful to Pepsi and DDL for your investment over the years. We commit ourselves to continue being role model brand ambassadors for your brand.” Those were the reassuring words of RHTYSC Secretary/CEO Hilbert Foster at the launching ceremony of Pepsi sponsorship of the Club’s Under-19 and Intermediate Teams for 2019.
Pepsi has been sponsoring the two teams since 2004 after coming on as the replacement for the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company. Foster stated that over the years, the two teams have won a total of six Berbice wide championships and are currently the defending champions at the Under-19 and Intermediate levels. The Under-19 team defeated Blairmont Community Centre last year under lights at the Albion Community Centre Ground to win the New York Business Group Under-19 BCB Title, while the Intermediate Team won the last such tournament sponsored by the Neal & Massy Group when they defeated D’Edward Cricket Team at Albion Community Centre.
The Two teams have also won numerous tournaments organised by the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club and other Clubs. The Pepsi Under-19 has so far reached the 2019 BCB/New York Business Group Tournament Quarterfinals, while the Intermediate team has gained a place in the 2019 BCB/Shimron Hetmyer 40-Overs Intermediate Tournament. They would play Albion Community Centre in the final at the Port Mourant Ground shortly.
Over the years, the two teams have played major roles in the development of outstanding players like Askay Homraj, Eon Hooper, Dominique Rikhi, Sylus Tyndall, Clinton Pestano, Junior Sinclair, Shailendra Shameer, Kevlon Anderson, Keith Simpson, Jonathan Rampersaud, Shemaine Campbelle, Erva Giddings, Mahendra Gopilall and Jeremy Sandia.
The production of all rounded players by the Pepsi Under-19 team has also assisted the Club’s First Division Team to dominate cricket in Berbice. Another successful aspect of the sponsorship has been the hosting of hundreds of personal developmental programmes by the two teams, with the main objective of promoting the Pepsi brand, to make positive differences in the lives of others especially youths to promote the Say No/Say Yes message and to educate each player on the importance of community service. Mahendra Gopilall, a senior Under-19 player and Asst Secretary/CEO Simon Naidu both expressed gratitude to Pepsi and DDL for their continued confidence in the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club. Special thanks were expressed to Marketing Executive Larry Wills and Marketing Director Sharda Veeren Chand.
Larry Wills stated that he was very impressed by the very high standard that the Pepsi teams had displayed over the years and most importantly for being good role models, ambassadors of the internationally famous soft drink brand. He wished both teams success on and off the cricket field in 2019. The Under-19 Team in 2019 would be led by National Player Kevlon Anderson with Junior Sinclair as his deputy, while Kevin Sinclair and Shemaine Campbell are captain and vice captain of the Intermediate Team respectively.
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