Sponsorship ensures Gloves on for kids

(From left) Assistant NSC Director of Sports, Mona Alleyne, Managing Director of Royal Fidelity, Archie Cuke and Secretary of Barbados Boxing Association, Kathy Harper-Hall.

After several years struggling with acquiring sponsorship, the National Sports Council’s Primary School’s Boxing Competition entitled Gloves may have gotten the much needed financial impetus through the sponsorship of Royal Fidelity Merchant Bank & Trust.

The details of the nature of the much needed assistance as well as expectations for this year’s competition were revealed at a media briefing held at the NSC’s Blenheim, St. Michael head office today.†The competition, which is now in its twelfth year, would see participants ranging from ages 13-17, from various schools and boxing gyms, coming up against each other starting from tomorrow at the Netball Stadium.†

“Tomorrow we will have the school’s boxing card, it gives a chance for the promising boxers from the school’s programme a chance to compete and it is actually the feeder system for the national selection. We have six or seven different schools each represented by one or two boxers.

“Unfortunately, given the fact that it is a contact sport some of the youngsters get cold feet, so we have invited youngsters training in other gyms to join the competition,” said boxing coach Gary Bowen, who expressed gratitude to this year’s sponsors for their input in what he expects to be an exciting competition.†

The coach’s gratitude was met with an expression of satisfaction by managing director of Royal Fidelity, Archie Cuke, in his company being socially responsible.†

“At Royal Fidelity we take our social responsibility seriously and we are particularly conscious of the critical need for education and training in the future development of Barbados. Giving back to the community is not only our responsibility but also [necessary] for our own progress,” noted Cuke.

Action starts tomorrow at 9 a.m.††

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