Touch New Zealand and Bunnings have announced a three-year partnership that will make one of New Zealand’s most loved social sports even more accessible and entertaining for touch players and spectators alike.
Arguably one of the most popular social sports in the country, Touch New Zealand boasts a membership base of 120,000, participation levels of 225,000 annually, 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 whanau.
Touch New Zealand chief executive Joe Sprangers says they’re delighted to welcome Bunnings on board.
“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,” Mr Sprangers says.
“Our partners play an important role in helping us to develop, and 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, and help facilitate volunteer training and vital set-up requirements such as cones and balls — all of which are key to the success of grass-roots sport.
With the support of Bunnings, the Touch New Zealand team will be able to focus its 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 whanau and fun meet to ensure our communities are living healthier, safer lives,” Mr Sprangers says.
Bunnings NZ general manager Toby Lawrance 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 Kiwi summers.
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 grass-roots level of the game can be supported.