Insurer supports sports volunteers

by Maryvonne Gray 10 Jun 2015

Insurer supports sports volunteers

AA Insurance is building on its sponsorship of NRL referees in New Zealand with the launch of a new competition aimed at recognising Kiwi sports volunteers.

The ‘good sorts of sport’ competition is designed to honour everyone who plays a part to make sport in the community happen, be it coaching the teams, cutting up the oranges or driving kids to games.

To launch their campaign, AA Insurance is working with former Warrior and now NRL referee Henry Perenara, who credits his early success to his first coach John Cargill who used to pick him up every day to take him to practice.

AA Insurance’s customer relations manager Amelia Macandrew said sports volunteering was a crucial social and community service.

“Grassroots sports in our schools and clubs wouldn’t be possible without sports volunteers all around New Zealand. According to Sport New Zealand, about 750,000 sports volunteers give over 50 million hours a year.

“With this in mind we wanted to find a way to give back to all those volunteers and celebrate their dedication, time and effort. If you know someone that needs a thank you, you can nominate them by going online and telling us what they do to help out you or your team.”

The competition opens today and to enter visit aainsurance.co.nz and say why your chosen person deserves to win.

The grand prize is $10,000 towards sports gear or equipment for the nominated school or club plus corporate hospitality for the volunteer and three guests at the Warriors v Cowboys match at Mt Smart Stadium on 22 August (including flights, accommodation and transfers to and from the game).