New Zealand Post has been confirmed as the new sponsor of New Zealand Cricket’s National Schools programme.
National Schools Programme, as it will be known, will work with clubs, communities and schools to develop the next generation of cricketers and introduce over 100,000 young New Zealanders to the sport each year.
New Zealand Cricket (NZC) Chief Executive David White said the new three year deal was key to ensuring the development of junior cricket in New Zealand.
“We’re delighted that New Zealand Post has joined us in our vision to promote and introduce cricket to the next generation, a role which secures a bright future for our sport,” said White.
“The ActivePost National Schools Cricket Programme will have wide-ranging community benefits, as well as helping to develop our future BLACKCAPS and White Ferns.
“It allows our junior formats like Have-A-Go cricket (5-8 year olds) and Kiwi Cricket (7-10 year olds) to continue to prosper. Whether it be through coaching, umpiring or simply watching from the boundary, these programmes also actively engage parents and teachers in our sport too.”
New Zealand Post CEO Brian Roche says cricket’s status as one of the biggest sports for Kiwis made the new alliance a perfect fit for the organisation, which has been providing service to New Zealand communities for over 170 years.
“Our ‘ActivePost’ programme focuses on encouraging Kiwis, and especially the younger generation, to try out sports and other physical activities,” Brian Roche says.
“We’re delighted to welcome junior cricket to the family of ActivePost partners – which also includes junior hockey (Small Sticks Hockey), Water Safety NZ, waka ama, and Athletics New Zealand.
“Cricket is one of the great team sports, promoting a range of skills as well as providing the obvious health benefits from getting out there and ‘having a go’.
“New Zealand Post wishes all of the young participants in the ActivePost National Schools Cricket, Programme as well as the parents, teachers, coaches and officials who volunteer their time to support them, the very best taking part in these programmes.
“Cricket is New Zealand’s number one summer sport, and we’re delighted to play a part in helping the next generation have the opportunity enjoy this great game.”