Telstra is bringing its national sponsorship of the NRL to the grass roots through a partnership between its Telstra Gold Coast and Tweed Heads stores and the Aquis Gold Coast Titans to provide training equipment and coaching sessions for 22 Gold Coast and northern NSW junior rugby league clubs.
As part of this partnership, Titans players will this week visit 22 junior clubs from the Gold Coast and Northern NSW where they will meet the teams, hold a signing and photo session then conduct coaching and running drills.
The first clubs were visited tonight and more will enjoy having Titans players attend and sign interviews and Telstra representatives provide them each with $550 training gear package, courtesy of Telstra Gold Coast and Tweed.
“Our partnership will also provide some new training equipment for each club,” said Darren Clark, area general manager for Telstra Gold Coast.
“There were three options for training kits up for grabs and we are asked club members what would be the most useful to them. To place their vote, members need to visit the Telstra Gold Coast or Tweed Heads Facebook page and click on the training kit they like best and leave a comment.
“The kit that received the most votes is now being delivered to each club by a Gold Coast Titan player ambassador.”
Gold Coast Titans CEO Graham Annesley said, “As naming rights partner for the NRL competition since its inception, Telstra is obviously a long standing major stakeholder in our game. It’s also great to have Telstra’s support at a local level through its partnership with the Titans and our huge junior playing nursery in the local region.
“The Gold Coast and northern rivers area has the third largest rugby league participation base in Australia and we are proud to have Telstra’s support for our Junior Club Ambassador Program and provide an enormous amount of support to these participation areas.”
Junior clubs can see who their Titans ambassador will be by checking into the Titans or Telstra’s local Facebook page. A new ambassador is announced every two years.
William Zillman and Karl Lawton are the Burleigh Bears ambassadors, Greg Bird and Leva Li are appointed to South Tweed and Agnatius Paasi for the Robina Raptors.
“Telstra and the Gold Coast Titans are passionate about our local community. Being able to partner the Gold Coast Titans and bring this fantastic program to the junior rugby league clubs on the coast allows us to give something back to the community, to our city and to the game,” said Mr Clark.
“We hope that the access to rugby league’s most elite talent and an injection of new equipment will help each child playing rugby league on the Gold Coast and the Tweed to enjoy the game just a little bit more… and who knows, it may just help develop the next crop of rugby league super stars.”
We will display galleries of photos from the cub visits later this week on pour website.
PICTURED: Titans co-captain William Zillman, Telstra's Darren Clark and Titans coach Neil Henry.
The 22 nominated clubs are:
- Beaudesert Kingfishers Burleigh Bears
- Coomera Cutters Currumbin Eagles
- Helensvale Hornets Jimboomba Thunder
- Mudgeeraba Redbacks Nerang Roosters
- Ormeau Shearers Parkwood Sharks
- Robina Raptors Runaway Bay Seagulls
- Southport Tigers Bilambil Jets
- Byron Bay Red Devils Cudgen Headland
- Mullumbimby Giants Murwillumbah Colts
- Tweed Heads Seagulls Tweed Coast Raiders
- Tugun Seahawks South Tweed