The Bahamas Flag Football League (BFFL) was one of the last sporting bodies in the country to cease play following a directive from Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis for all sporting activities in the country to take a break in his national address on Sunday night, but prior to play being stopped, Royal Fidelity had come on board as the major sponsor of one of the league’s women’s teams. The Bahamas Olympic Committee (BOC) also asked for a stoppage of all sporting activities.
Local sporting activities, in a number of disciplines, are on hold following the announcement of the first confirmed case of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in The Bahamas.
Prior to that, Royal Fidelity Merchant Bank & Trust Ltd. released a statement, detailing the company’s pride in the sponsorship of the Eagles women’s flag football team. The Eagles is one of three new teams in women’s play of the league this year, bringing the total number of female teams to six.
On Sunday the Eagles won 6-0 over the Hawks in the first of a three-game schedule on opening day of the 2020 BFFL season before play was stopped. The Eagles expect to be serious contenders for the women’s title when the league resumes.
“As an organization with a majority female staff complement, we have always supported gender equality and women’s empowerment,” said Royal Fidelity Donations Committee Member & Vice President of Investment Banking Jim Wilson. “Sponsoring the Eagles team and in extension the women’s flag football league aligns with these efforts. The Eagles is a strong team and we look forward to following their success.”
Royal Fidelity has a long history of supporting youth and adult sports teams on recreational and national levels. As a key sponsorship pillar, Royal Fidelity believes athletics create opportunities for youth and aid in developing social skills, and support positive mental health and healthy lifestyles.