The NSW Positive Rugby Foundation’s Junior Rugby Hardship Fund has received a huge boost thanks to the generous support of Renew IT Technology Centre.
The fund – aimed to support junior rugby players across the state – will provide $100 per player to act as a subsidy to cover all insurance and levy fees to enable junior players to return to the game.
It’s just another avenue in which the Foundation is supporting grassroots rugby as it begins to return post-COVID.
In light of the economic hardship that has struck large parts of the community due to COVID-19, Renew IT has offered to provide financial support to grassroots junior rugby players and clubs through the fund.
CEO of Renew IT, James Lancaster said he was proud to have his organisation support the return of grassroots rugby across New South Wales.
“There has been so much uncertainty in Australia over the last 9 months with drought, bushfires and COVID-19 which has put a strain on many Australians financially,” Lancaster said.
“The knock-on effect is the cost on people’s mental wellbeing. Rugby plays a huge part in being an antidote by giving people purpose, friendships, exercise and bringing communities together.
“It’s up to the rugby loving people and businesses in our country like myself to help others less fortunate.
“All of the team at Renew IT are proud to be part of the NSW Positive Rugby Foundation in providing financial assistance to players with their rego fees and helping rugby clubs throughout the state through this difficult time.
“Renew IT has pledged $1000 for every Waratahs try scored at all our home fixtures this season.
“We look forward to writing a big cheque! Go the Tahs and go Australian rugby.”
Following the NSW Waratahs 23-14 victory over the Western Force – with tries to Angus Bell and Tom Staniforth – Renew IT’s contribution to the Positive Rugby Foundation’s Junior Rugby Hardship Fund is already up to $2000.
Head of the NSW Positive Rugby Foundation, Greg Mumm said the support of companies like Renew IT would allow rugby to rebuild and prosper.
“James and his team have been such valued supporters of the Positive Rugby Foundation, and their passion for the game and willingness to support it at all levels is infectious,” Mumm said.
“They understand the challenges rugby – like all sports – are currently dealing with, their contribution to our Junior Rugby Hardship Fund is greatly appreciated.
“We can’t thank them enough for their continued support.”
Bourke Rugby will be one of the first clubs to receive financial assistance from the fund to support junior players and families returning to rugby.
Secretary of the Bourke Rams, Fiona Bowden had this to say after being told they were the first club to receive support.
“This is an amazing opportunity for our club, as there are a number of children who without this money would not be able to have the opportunity to engage and learn the art of rugby,” Bowden said.
“On behalf of the Bourke Junior Rams Rugby a huge thank you for offering this to our small but very passionate club, we are going to have very excited young Rams on the paddock this year!”
The Foundation and Renew IT look forward to providing financial support to other rugby clubs throughout NSW to help get kids back on the field.
For clubs to register for support, they can do it directly through either Country Junior Rugby Union or Sydney Junior Rugby Union, or via Greg Mumm at firstname.lastname@example.org