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ANZ going into bat for Kiwi cricketers

Friday, 16 November 2018

ANZ is asking Kiwi cricket players, fans, clubs and coaches what they need to make this season their team’s best yet.

ANZ is supporting cricketers from across New Zealand as they head into their 2018/2019 season.

ANZ’s On Your Team community cricket programme gives New Zealand cricket players, teams and schools the chance to apply for sponsorship to help them improve their game.

Whether cricketers are striving to be the best players they can be, wanting to help their club grow, or need some inspiration from BLACKCAPS or WHITE FERNS players, ANZ wants to help.

ANZ Head of Sponsorship Sue McGregor says ANZ has been supporting community cricket since 2009 and given more than $900,000 to help young cricket teams achieve their cricket goals.

“Most Kiwis have experienced Saturday morning sport – we’ve either played it or we’ve supported it. At ANZ, we know the value and the life lessons team sport provides which is why, after almost 10 years, we continue to support grass-roots sport,” Ms McGregor says.

“We know it costs time and money to play, to buy uniforms and gear and to maintain clubrooms… and we want to help as many people as possible enjoy it.”

The first recipient of ANZ’s On Your Team grant for 2018 was the Papatoetoe Under-16 women’s cricket team which received new gear and uniforms, and met the WHITE FERNS.

“It’s incredible,” coach Regina Lilii says. “ANZ gave the team brand-new cricket gear and uniforms to keep. This means so much to them and has a significant impact on team morale.

“The opportunity to meet the WHITE FERNS and ask questions about their game … This doesn’t happen every day. It was inspiring for our players and something they’ll remember for the rest of their lives.”

Applications for ANZ On Your Team grants are available to all cricket players, clubs, teams and fans across New Zealand.

“We encourage teams to tell us how having ANZ on your team will make a difference this season,” Ms McGregor says.

ANZ coin toss kid

ANZ is also inviting young cricket fans to apply to be the coin toss kid for all BLACKCAPS and WHITE FERNS matches in New Zealand this season. The winner will join the captains of both competing teams on the pitch before the match and help decide who bats and bowls.

Apply for ANZ’s On Your Team grant and to go in the draw to become New Zealand’s the coin toss kid here.

ANZ supports New Zealand cricket

ANZ is proud to support cricket in New Zealand at all levels, from Saturday-morning sport in New Zealand communities through to professional levels playing on the international stage. Since 2009 ANZ has given more than $900,000 to local cricket players, teams, fans, clubs and schools to help them reach their cricket goals.

ANZ is also proud to be major sponsor of the WHITE FERNS and the BLACKCAPS.


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