For the second consecutive year Phoenix Park Gas Processors Limited has sponsored Caldrac Club for the cricket season. In 2005, Caldrac won the Central Zone Division 2 title and was promoted to First Division. It reached the semi-finals in the Carib Sunday League 40 overs, but lost to Milton Sports. After 10 years of not advancing far in the under 19 league, the team reached the semi finals. The Club recently completed the 2006 season advancing from the first Division to the National Super League.
Founded in 1947, Caldrac Club of Railway Road California was once a vibrant sporting and cultural organization. Among the founders of the club are well known attorney and former head of the Police Service Commission, Kenneth Lalla and Dr. Mohammed Aziz, recipient of a national award.
When the club received a playground at Macaulay Park in its early days, members built a club house for cricket guests after matches. Caldrac was the pride and joy of residents as young cricketers such as Kumar Rampat, Technical Officer of the West Indies Cricket Board passed through Caldrac onto successful careers.
However like many sports and community organizations Caldrac went through some difficult years and its numerous requests for funding yielded little. In recognition of its rich community history Phoenix Park Gas Processors Limited took the initiative to inject much needed funds into this club for the 2005 cricket season. This partnership is expected to revitalize the club and promote community development through sport.
In 2004, PPGPL initiated discussions with the Trinidad and Tobago Volleyball Federation to inject funds into the development of beach volleyball in the country. The result of this collaboration was the sponsorship of lights to facilitate night games at the facility.
In January 2006, lights were turned on for the first time at the Beach Volleyball court in Saith Park Chaguanas. At the lighting ceremony, President of the federation, Mushtaque Mohammed indicated that the facility is gradually being brought to International standards and PPGPL’s sponsorship will assist in getting closer to our dream. Lighting the court will give the national players the opportunity to train, after work, and in the night, therefore giving them longer training hours. The beach Volleyball Court which was constructed in 2004 will be the National Training venue for beach volleyball players as the teams prepare to qualify for the 2008 Olympics.
Phoenix Park Gas Processors Limited was pleased to inject funds into developing this relatively new sport as it provides an opportunity for citizens to engage in a healthy pastime while enhancing local athletes’ ability to compete at the international level. The company is committed to supporting sporting and other initiatives in the early stages of development when all that exists is the potential to succeed. This approach stems from the philosophy that given a strong technical and financial foundation many organizations and individuals would have a greater chance of success.