Netball partnership continues to pay off

General manager of Structural Systems Andre Gibson (third right) presents the sponsorship cheque to Rodney Pilgrim. At right is club president Ingrid Folkes.
General manager of Structural Systems Andre Gibson (third right) presents the sponsorship cheque to Rodney Pilgrim. At right is club president Ingrid Folkes.

Structural Systems Ltd. and the Silver Raiders Netball Club continue to reap great success after a quarter century of collaboration, and the partnership has continued into 2013 with the renewal of the team’s sponsorship.

“Our commitment to the Silver Raiders, which already spans more than two decades, is grounded in the belief that continuous investment in a positive venture should result in positive growth,” said Andre Gibson, general manager of Structural Systems Ltd., the Caribbean’s leading provider of prefabricated steel buildings and metal products.†

“As such, our company is extremely proud to be associated with the Silver Raiders Netball Club, an exemplary team of talented individuals who combine their efforts to consistently earn high placings every year.”†

Gibson, speaking after he recently presented the Christ Church-based team with their sponsorship cheque, indicated that his company’s longstanding support of the club, which started in 1989, was rooted in the team’s commitment to excellence – on and off the court.†

“Not only do they excel on the court, they are also wonderful ambassadors for Structural Systems Ltd.,” he added. †

“The initiatives which the team engage in year after year, both athletic and academic, are something which we are all very proud of, and we wish them continued success on their journey to the top of the local netball standings.” † † †

Despite the departure of some experienced players, president Ingrid Folkes said the team was ready and raring to go.†

“A number of our players are studying and there will have to be a few adjustments but there’s nothing to really worry about,” she said.

“It is our hope that with the continued support of Structural Systems Ltd., our club will continue to grow from strength to strength as we strive to develop young players within our community.”

As part of its outreach programme over the past year, the Silver Raiders hosted teams from England and took part in a national youth development rally. The team also donated school supplies to more than twenty young girls between the ages of four and 13 in the Silver Hill community who were part of the club’s developmental squad.†

Coached by former national player Lydia Bishop,†the Silver Raiders competed in Divisions 2, 4 and 6 of the 2012 Barbados Netball Association domestic league competition.

Club awards went to Danielle Downes (Most Improved Player), Shaniel Rice (Most Improved Junior), Christina Bowen (Most Improved Player Div. 4), Lakeisha Holder (Most Outstanding Player Div. 4), Shameka Sealy (Most Improved Player Div. 2) and Karen Holder (Most Outstanding Player Div. 2).

For 2013, Divisions 2 and 4 have been combined and will compete in Division 2, while the Division 6 team earned promotion to Division 5 with a second place finish.†

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