Digicel, proud sponsor of West Indies Cricket, is giving 40 youth cricketers across six countries valuable work experience, as they are employed to support Digicel at the grounds during the Digicel Series 2009.
As part of Digicel’s directive to develop Cricket in the Caribbean, Digicel’s event management team hires six young cricketers in each country. These aspiring cricketers get to see the action up close and interact with the players as they help brand the stadium, distribute promotional items and assist with various activities during the Digicel Series 2009.
The Digicel Series 2009 is 20 year-old Rasheed Outar’s second year working with the Digicel event management team: “It’s a good experience, I get a chance to watch the cricket and meet new people and socialize and interact with past and present cricketers. I played for Jamaica’s U-19 team and went to trials this year for the senior team. I didn’t get in this time but I definitely plan to try again.”
Ciara Ryan, Digicel Group Sponsorship Manager speaks about the programme: “Our youth cricket employment programme started in 2005 and has been a huge success. We are pleased that we are able to offer these young men an opportunity to see West Indies cricket up close, meet the cricketers and earn some money at the same time. The guys are hard-working and really enjoy the opportunity to work at the cricket.”
First timer, 21-year-old Marinaro Dixon of the St. Catherine Cricket Club expressed his excitement: “It’s nice! I’m really enjoying myself. I’ve met Gayle, Sarwan and Ramdin. Sarwan is my hero so it was great to be here when he made his century.
“I’ve learn a lot while working here, like the referral system and how that works. Working here gives me the opportunity to interact not just with the cricketers but with the entire crowd. It’s amazing that we are getting paid to watch the sport we play and love. It’s the best work experience I’ve ever had and I will definitely be working at every Digicel Series I can.”
Youth cricketers will be employed throughout the remainder of the Digicel Series in Antigua, Barbados, Trinidad, Guyana and St. Lucia.