Kane Williamson with Leo Alcock in a previous ANZ Coin Toss experience. Photo / Provided
ANZ to help bring Whanganui children to the fold with cricket fee grant
With household budgets under pressure, ANZ Cricket Grants will help keep young Whanganui players in the game this season by subsidizing Kiwi Children’s Club cricket fees.
ANZ is making $50,000 available to families who would benefit from this support, and successful applicants will receive up to $80 towards their costs – which will be provided as a voucher to be redeemed upon registration at New Zealand Cricket.
This financial aid could mean the difference between some children playing cricket this summer or not.
ANZ Bank New Zealand chief executive Antonia Watson said paying fees is one of the first hurdles families face when deciding whether to register their child to play.
“Sport is such an important part of a child’s well-being, both mentally and physically,” says Ms Watson. “The rising cost of living can put families in a difficult position when it comes to managing the household budget. We hope this will help ease some of this pressure and encourage more children to play cricket.”
New Zealand Cricket Chief Executive of Community Cricket Kent Stead says ANZ’s initiative is hugely helpful, and he hopes families who may have thought it was not possible for their children to play this season will reconsider thanks to this new initiative.
“This is a generous gesture from ANZ and their support will ensure hundreds of children don’t miss out on the benefits of team sport,” Mr Stead said.
“After a long and harsh winter, getting out and enjoying the cricket is just the thing.”
Families who may have rejected the idea of their children playing this summer are invited to apply at www.anzcricketworld.co.nz between August 15 and September 23. A maximum of two children per family can benefit from the subsidy.
Applications for the ANZ Coin Toss Experience, which gives one lucky cricket fan the chance to join the captains for the pre-match draw, four tickets to the match and a photo to remember it all by, are open.
ANZ has been a sponsor of New Zealand Cricket for nearly 23 years, pumping over $1.6 million into community cricket during that time.