Media Release: Vanuatu Cricket Association
Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu Supporting the Growth of Cricket in Vanuatu
Cricket in Vanuatu has received a major boost thanks to a two-year partnership between the Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu and the Vanuatu Cricket Association.
With sport an important part of everyday life in Vanuatu, this new partnership will not only promote and grow cricket both internationally and locally but will continue to help Vanuatu Cricket lead the way in the development and diplomacy of sport in Vanuatu.
Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu is now the naming rights sponsor for both the Men’s and Women’s National Teams, who are now called ‘The Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu National Men and Women’s Cricket Teams’ respectively.
Matthew Senyard, General Manager of the Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu, said the Resort is thrilled to support the Vanuatu Cricket Association, who are set to host the Women’s World Cup Qualifier EAP 2019 this month.
“I am very proud Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu has been given the opportunity to sponsor the Vanuatu Cricket Association in 2019, and that our sponsorship has been able to directly assist the facilitation of the ICC Women's Cricket Tournament,” he said.
Mr Senyard commented that one of the first things that struck him about the people of Vanuatu was their love for sport and the outdoors.
“From my very first trip around Efate some three years ago, and in the time since, I recall seeing ‘Pikinini’s’ in communities all around the island playing sport of some kind. It really became apparent then, that it is so important here in driving a sense of structure, discipline, purpose and camaraderie.
“The rise in support and coverage for women's sports in both Australia and New Zealand, whether it be rugby league, AFL or cricket, has been unprecedented in the past two years and I am proud to see the Vanuatu Cricket Association leading the way in the development and growth of women's sports here in the South Pacific."
Shane Deitz, Vanuatu Cricket CEO said the association is privileged to enter into this valued partnership with the Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu.
“We believe that this partnership will enable us to continue developing our sports diplomacy in Vanuatu and internationally,” Mr Deitz said.
“This partnership is vital to the development of cricket and we are extremely pleased that we can host all the teams participating in the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier EAP 2019 at the Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu.
“We believe that this is the start of many opportunities to come and we are looking forward to hosting more teams at the Holiday Inn while they enjoy a taste of Vanuatu Cricket,” he said.
“Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu are passionate about sport and we (VCA) are passionate about developing sport to be a pathway to improve our athletes to become better people, provide opportunities for growth and together we believe we can make it happen.”
Mr Senyard said through the Resort’s ongoing commitment to support and build sports in Vanuatu, their sponsorship of the Vanuatu Cricket Association has given them the platform to help promote a group of male and female role models for all Ni-Vanuatu.
“We are immensely proud of all those involved with the Vanuatu Cricket Association and how they have performed and represented Vanuatu on the international sporting stage,” he said.
With this partnership, the six teams participating in the Women’s World Cup Qualifier - namely PNG, Japan, Samoa, Fiji, Indonesia and Vanuatu - will experience the first-class accommodation that the Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu offers while they embark on their journey to qualify for next stage of World Cup Qualifiers.
1/ Vanuatu Cricket Association players at Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu
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