Miner to sponsor hockey program
Hockey Australia’s indigenous hockey program will be extended after signing on Fortescue for a three-year sponsorship extension.
The renewed agreement will see the National Indigenous Hockey Program run for a fiveyear term from July.
As well as sponsoring the Kookaburra’s, the miner has also announced a partnership with the women’s national hockey team, the Hockeyroos, who will join the program this year.
Fortescue chief executive Nev Power said the National Indigenous Hockey Program had been well received by Pilbara schools.
“The program has been well received by students, teachers and the players themselves and we are committed to further growing the program’s footprint over time,” he said.
“The sponsorship of the Hockeyroos fits well with our desire to grow the indigenous program, but also to publicly demonstrate our commitment to gender equality.
“Hockey is a fantastic sport for the whole family and we all love cheering on both teams when there are gold medals on the line.
“We are proud to be able to support both teams and the wider community through the extended relationship with Hockey Australia.”
Hockey Australia chief executive Cam Vale said the organisation was proud to represent athletes for their ability rather than gender.
Mr Vale said Fortescue’s sponsorship of the Hockeyroos was a significant moment for hockey in Australia.
The Fortescue team will also benefit through motivational training seminars with the athletes and coaching staff.
Australian Sports Commission chair John Wylie said Fortescue was taking a commendable leadership stance in improving gender diversity.