Monday, November 21st 2011 – Kingston, Jamaica: While the 2011 Digicel Kick Start Clinics and Academy have come to an end, the thrill of the beautiful game is still going for two lucky Digicel customers who won an all-expenses paid trip to Sunderland to see the Premier League side face Blackburn Rovers in the Stadium of Light.The trip, which takes place in December, is the top prize in Digicel’s text-to-win competition, the ‘Road to Sunderland’, which took place last month. Following thousands of entries, Jean Lunicmanm Souffrant and Jean Jocelin Prophete – both from Haiti – were announced as the winners.
Mr Souffrant, from Delmas in Port-au-Prince, said; “I’m thrilled to have won Digicel’s ‘Road to Sunderland’ competition. I am so excited about the trip and cannot wait to go to England and see Sunderland play in the Stadium of Light. A big thank you to Digicel, the best network in Haiti.”
Mr Prophete, from Croix des Bouquets in Port-au-Prince, said; “I couldn’t believe it when I heard the news that I had won. While I entered the text-to-win competition a lot and I was very hopeful, I was in shock to have been announced as the winner. Now my dream has come true thanks to Digicel.”
Digicel Group Head of Sponsorship, Karl Donnelly, said; “As proud sponsor of football throughout the region, we are always looking at ways of bringing fans closer to the action and closer to their heroes. As such, we are delighted to be giving two lucky customers the chance to see top Premier League side, Sunderland, play at home in the Stadium of Light in what promises to be a fantastic experience for these football fans.”
The Digicel Academy was a week-long elite training camp which took place in Trinidad from November 1st to 7th under the leadership of top Barclays Premier League coaches, Kevin Ball and Carlton Fairweather, from the Sunderland Academy, assisted by John Barnes. It involved 37 players from across nine Digicel markets. The Digicel Academy also hosted a ‘coach the coaches’ seminar in which coaches from across the region received expert training from Sunderland AFC’s finest teachers.
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ABOUT SUNDERLAND AFC
Formed in 1879, Sunderland AFC joined the English Football League in 1890.
Based in the football hotbed of the North East of England, the club has a rich and proud history stretching across many decades, most memorably lifting the top accolade in English Football, the FA Cup, in 1937 and 1973.
Also known as the Black Cats, Sunderland play their home matches at the 49,000 capacity Stadium of Light, moving from their former home of Roker Park in 1997.
In 2010-11 the club finished in the top ten of the Barclays Premier League and subsequently made 11 additions to its playing squad in the summer of 2011 - including Wes Brown and John O’Shea from Manchester United, Swedish international Sebastian Larsson, South Korean striker Ji Dong Won and England U21 rising star Connor Wickham.
SUNDERLAND AFC & DIGICEL
Sunderland AFC has partnered with Digicel in the hugely successful Kick Start Clinics since 2008, welcoming youngsters from the project to its training headquarters as well as sending senior coaching staff to the Caribbean to lead clinics.
Steve Bruce said: “Sunderland is proud to be associated with such a successful project and we are delighted that we can continue to share our club’s expertise and help to give youngsters across the Caribbean and Central America the opportunity to achieve their football dreams.”
ABOUT DIGICEL GROUP
After ten years of operation, Digicel Group Limited has 11.5 million customers across its 32 markets in the Caribbean, Central America and the Pacific. The company is renowned for delivering best value, best service and best network.
Digicel is the lead sponsor of Caribbean, Central American and Pacific sports teams, including the Special Olympics teams throughout these regions. Digicel sponsors the West Indies cricket team and is also the title sponsor of the Digicel Caribbean Cup. In the Pacific, Digicel is the proud sponsor of several national rugby teams and also sponsors the Vanuatu cricket team.
Digicel also runs a host of community-based initiatives across its markets and has set up Digicel Foundations in Jamaica, Haiti and Papua New Guinea which focus on educational, cultural and social development programmes.
In 2004, Digicel developed Digicel Rising Stars – an annual talent show to support aspiring young music artists in the Caribbean. The show has spanned the Eastern Caribbean, Haiti, Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago ranking as one of the top-rated shows.
Digicel is incorporated in Bermuda and its markets comprise: Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, Bermuda, Bonaire, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Curacao, Dominica, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Nauru, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, St Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos and Vanuatu. Digicel also has coverage in St. Martin and St. Barts in the Caribbean.
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