Bun­nings, Touch team up

Te Awamutu Courier - - News -

Touch New Zealand and Bun­nings have an­nounced a three-year part­ner­ship that will make one of New Zealand’s most pop­u­lar so­cial sports even more ac­ces­si­ble and en­ter­tain­ing for play­ers and spec­ta­tors.

Touch New Zealand has a mem­ber­ship base of 120,000, par­tic­i­pa­tion lev­els of 225,000 yearly and more than 9000 teams across 18 pro­vin­cial as­so­ci­a­tions.

To sup­port the great work that Touch New Zealand is al­ready do­ing around the coun­try, Bun­nings has come on board to sup­port the growth of the game, mak­ing it eas­ier for ev­ery­one to get in­volved in the fun and be part of the Touch wha¯ nau.

Touch New Zealand chief ex­ec­u­tive, Joe Sprangers of Te Awa­mutu, said they were de­lighted to wel­come Bun­nings.

“It’s been in­cred­i­ble to team up with Bun­nings, a brand which is so recog­nis­able to New Zealan­ders and, like us, has an on­go­ing com­mit­ment to help­ing com­mu­ni­ties,” he said.

“Our part­ners play an im­por­tant role in help­ing us to de­velop. This re­la­tion­ship will see us do just that by work­ing to­gether to de­liver some great ex­pe­ri­ences for our fans and Bun­nings cus­tomers.”

As part of the spon­sor­ship, Bun­nings will sup­ply Player of the Day cer­tifi­cates with a $10 re­deemable cafe´ voucher, side­line en­ter­tain­ment, help fa­cil­i­tate vol­un­teer train­ing and vi­tal set-up re­quire­ments such as cones and balls — all of which are key to the suc­cess of grass­roots sport.

With the sup­port of Bun­nings, the Touch New Zealand team will be able to fo­cus their ef­forts on com­mu­nity ini­tia­tives such as Ta­maki Touched — a Touch New Zealand and New Zealand Po­lice pro­gramme that aims to de­liver long-term re­sults to com­mu­ni­ties such as low­er­ing crime rates.

“Now that we have Bun­nings’ sup­port we can fo­cus on the big­ger pic­ture for our sport. Our pri­or­ity has, and al­ways will be to cre­ate an en­vi­ron­ment where wha¯ nau and fun meet to en­sure our com­mu­ni­ties are liv­ing health­ier, safer lives,” says Sprangers.

Toby Lawrance, Bun­nings NZ gen­eral man­ager says, “Touch New Zealand and Bun­nings share very sim­i­lar val­ues, in­clud­ing in­clu­siv­ity, care, in­tegrity, team­work and re­spect, so it was a nat­u­ral fit to part­ner with an or­gan­i­sa­tion mak­ing a mean­ing­ful con­tri­bu­tion to the com­mu­nity.

“Many Bun­nings team mem­bers al­ready take part in the game of touch and it is clear there is a lot of pas­sion for the sport. We are re­ally look­ing for­ward to work­ing with Touch New Zealand to sup­port their ini­tia­tives and great work in the com­mu­nity.”

Touch New Zealand is cur­rently go­ing through a stage of growth and both par­ties are con­fi­dent this col­lab­o­ra­tion will help the game reach a new level of pop­u­lar­ity, while still de­liv­er­ing the whanau friendly at­mos­phere that has made the game syn­ony­mous with the Kiwi sum­mer.

The part­ner­ship will cover the next three years fo­cus­ing on some of the most pop­u­lar events on the Touch New Zealand cal­en­dar, such as the Sec­ondary Schools tour­na­ment, while con­tin­u­ally ex­plor­ing the most ben­e­fi­cial ways that the grass­roots level of the game can be sup­ported.

Photo / Colin Thorsen

Bun­nings’ area man­ager Clare Tay­lor (left) with Touch New Zealand CEO Joe Sprangers and Bun­nings’ Te Awa­mutu branch man­ager Trevor Wheat­ley at Albert Park last week with three of Te Awa­mutu’s young touch play­ers, Sa­man­tha Har­ri­son (5), Cameron Mitchell (7) and Jakob Morton (5).

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