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SKYCITY Breakers announce new Partnership wiht law firm

SKYCITY Breakers announce new Partnership with North Shore’s largest law firm, Simpson Western

Today SKYCITY Breakers announced a new official Partnership with the North Shore’s largest law firm Simpson Western which includes a programme to be rolled out across North Shore secondary schools.

“This is a fantastic new partnership and an exciting new venture for the SKYCITY Breakers. We’re delighted to be working alongside Simpson Western as an official Partner in developing our new youth development programme Game Plan,” says Breakers CEO Richard Clarke.

Game Plan is a unique self-development programme targeted at Year 11 students, and their parents. Together with Simpson Western, we will hold focused workshops on culture, goal-setting, preparation, attitude and brand awareness. Our players, coaches and management will call on their experience in the dynamic world of professional sport and business. The outcomes, however, are shaped on the ultimate goals and areas of interest for the participating students and these may not be sport-related at all.

“The Breakers’ values and reasons for existing as a basketball club are very much based in the community, on providing pathways and opportunities for young people to better themselves through an involvement in basketball. Game Plan takes that a step further.”

Game Plan will encourage the students taking part to set a ‘big goal’ they wish to achieve, and develop their own ‘game plan’ to attain success. The Breakers and Simpson Western will provide case studies which demonstrate how having a plan has helped them achieve success in their respective fields of sport and business.

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Simpson Western partner Ken Paterson says, “We are all proud to be an official Partner with the Breakers in the development of the Game Plan programme. Since its inception 30 years ago, Simpson Western has always had strong ties to our North Shore community. Our values are very much aligned with those of the Breakers – we train our young staff, provide career pathways and mentor them throughout their careers. This is a marvellous opportunity to ‘give-back’ to the North Shore. We’re very excited about working not only with the Breakers but also the nominated Year 11 students and their parents.”

“We believe that having a game plan in life and in business helps one succeed and the entire firm is pleased to be playing an integral part in the development of the Game Planprogramme.”

The Breakers organisation has a wealth of information based on its 12-year existence, from the early days as they struggled to make an impact on and off court to the implementation of a long term plan based on a values system that still holds true today for the club that has won four of the past five championships. Those values are however based very much on their role in the community and the need to establish a platform based not only on winning games of basketball, but also on delivering worthwhile outcomes across a much broader range of objectives.

Simpson Western is the North Shore’s largest law firm. It has offices in Takapuna, North Harbour and Silverdale. Established 30 years ago, the firm has 10 partners and a law staff of 26 who are ably supported by senior management and office staff. The firm’s expertise includes business and commercial law; property law; lifestyle planning; litigation and dispute resolution; employment, and health and safety law, corporate work visas; relationship property; and asset protection, trust formation and administration, wills and estates.

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