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Unison’s Greatest Supporter programme returns for another year

May 05, 2022 09:07 AM
Junior rugby players with the new eco-friendly Unison kit bags at the Hawke's Bay Rugby Community Training Centre in Napier.

Unison Networks is kicking off its 14th year of supporting junior sport across its regions.

Unison’s longstanding Greatest Supporter programme encourages children to participate in sport, providing sponsorship through funding and sports equipment for young rugby, netball, hockey and football players. The programme also sponsors various events and competitions through the winter season where children and their whānau can get involved.

Unison Relationship Manager, Danny Gough said Unison is very excited for the upcoming season and the joy that it brings to our communities.

“As partners of our community, we’re extremely proud to support and showcase events and organisations that support the wellbeing, health and development of the children in our regions.

“Our Sideline Supporters, Halftime Heroes and Great Photo competitions throughout the season are just some of the fun ways in which you can all get involved this year,” Mr Gough said.

Hawke’s Bay Rugby CEO, Jay Campbell said Unison’s Greatest Supporter programme is a critical part of the junior club rugby season.

“We’re extremely grateful for Unison’s continued support of junior rugby in Hawke’s Bay. At the grassroots level it’s all about having fun and giving it a go, and it’s great to have Unison partner us with this.

“The free muffins and hot drinks on the sidelines on a winter Saturday morning are a treat for our supporters and their great photo competition is a brilliant way to showcase our young rugby stars,” Mr Campbell said.

In delivering on its vision to lead a sustainable energy future, Unison’s branded kit bags are made from eco-friendly recycled PET and distributed to new entrant players to carry their gear right throughout their junior sporting years. The kit bags are stocked with sustainable stainless steel drink bottles, and brochures promoting safety around electricity – all printed on FSC* paper.

Around 3,900 children across Hawke’s Bay, Taupō and Rotorua will receive Greatest Supporter kit bags this year.

Click here for more information on Unison's Greatest Supporter programme.