June 5, 2008

Vanuatu

Vanuatu announce major sponsor

ESPNcricinfo staff

Digicel, the telecommunications operator, will sponsor the Vanuatu national side as part of a three-year partnership with the Vanuatu Cricket Association (VCA).

“We are looking forward to this new partnership with this highly respected sporting association," said Digicel Vanuatu general manager, John Delves.

The VCA’s programs, including the primary and secondary school schemes, have helped to increase participation from around 400 players in 1999 to over 8000 today.

Mark Stafford, the VCA president, said: “We are delighted that Digicel has come on board as our principal sponsor, and we look forward to working together to build cricket from grassroots to national elite level. We have great plans for the development of the sport at a schools level, and taking cricket to Santo, Tanna and other islands around Vanuatu.”

Asco Motors have also handed a cheque for 500,000 Vatus (US$5400) to VCA. The company has sponsored the VCA for the last three years in different areas of cricket development.

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Posted by Simon Butler on (June 8, 2008, 7:18 GMT)

Vanuatu are making great progress, especially at the ground level. The announcement of the new sponsor is great news. Now the focus must turn to the quality of cricket. Congratulations to Vanuatu.

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