The Jamaica Netball Association’s (JNA) website, www.jamaicanetball.org.jm, boasting a new look with more user-friendly features was re-launched on Friday (July 10).
The website was designed and will be maintained by the Jamaica Information Service (JIS).
During the ceremony at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, New Kingston, Web Developer at the JIS, Joseph Curtis, who was instrumental in the design of the website, said that the Agency will offer keen technical support through a hand-holding approach.
Of the many features now offered by the revamped site, is a content management system which will allow staff to update the website without having technical ‘know-how’. Other features include a search engine; a discussion board; a contact form; a photo gallery; a donation box; information on upcoming events, and general information about the JNA.
Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Hon. Olivia Grange (standing right), is greeted by President of the Jamaica Netball Association (JNA), Marva Bernard (left), during a ceremony held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston on Friday July 10, to re-launch the JNA’s website. Also pictured seated second left is Patron of the Association, the Most Hon. Lady Hall, wife of the former Governor-General , the Most Hon. Professor Sir Kenneth Hall, while at far right is First Vice-President of the JNA, Yvette Smith.
The website will also be used as a medium for the contribution of funds for the Association. In this regard, Mr. Curtis noted that the JIS, with the help of the National Commercial Bank (NCB), worked to develop this functionality and ensure that it is secure.
“We are using plug and play, which is a well known internet payment gateway which necessitates all the security needed to ensure that your transactions are secure. Here we are able to do transactions using both US and Jamaican dollar currencies,” he said.
Patron of the Association, the Most Hon. Lady Hall, wife of the former Governor-General, the Most Hon. Professor Sir Kenneth Hall, said that the inclusion of a donation box on the website was a welcome innovation.
She noted that this should make it easier for the Association to receive monetary contributions from persons who access the website.
Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Hon. Olivia Grange (left) consults with President of the Jamaica Netball Association (JNA), Marva Bernard, during a ceremony at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston on Friday (July 10), to re-launch the JNA’s revamped website. Seated beside Mrs. Bernard, at right, is Patron of the Association, the Most Hon. Lady Hall, wife of the former Governor-General, the Most on. Professor Sir Kenneth Hall.
“This will, hopefully, result in people here in Jamaica, and abroad, giving generously to the development of the various squads that make up the netball family,” she said.
President of the Association, Marva Bernard, was excited about the re-launch of the website, and recalled that the idea was conceived out of a brainstorming of how the JNA could capture persons all over the world, who wanted to help but could not communicate with the association.
“We needed every Jamaican in the Diaspora to help us, so we decided to follow in the footsteps of (United States) President Barrack Obama, with his donation box. We will be sending to everyone in our inbox, to get them to donate,” she added.
Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Hon. Olivia Grange, said she was impressed with the work of the JIS in producing “this new and improved website.”
She said that the Agency is a “great agency, doing a great job, because you never fail, and in your quiet way, you are always there to support associations, to support Government agencies, to support the Ministries and you do get the job done without fanfare.”
In professing help for the team to meet its $7 million dollar target for the Under 21 squad’s trip to the World Youth Netball Championships in August in the Cook Islands, the Minister presented Mrs. Bernard with a cheque for $1 million. This was in addition to a $1 million cheque donated earlier by the Government.
The Association has raised in excess of $2 million already from activities, including tin drives, a benefit performance play, a shoe drive and several cake sales and raffles.