Millions of reasons to be positive about NSW Rugby
The NSW Positive Rugby Foundation has passed a major milestone as it gets behind grass roots rugby in the premier state.
In only its second year of operation, the NSW Positive Rugby Foundation has passed the $1 million mark on its way to raising just over $1.2m to invest in grassroots rugby.
With a focus on improving the health and wellbeing of rugby communities, the Foundation invests in six key causes; schools and juniors, country rugby, elite youth development, Western Sydney, Indigenous Rugby and the women’s game.
Major outcomes of early investment include the appointment of two staff as Primary and Secondary Schools Relationship Managers and the delivery of the ‘Get Talkin’ Tour’ – a mental health awareness program run in conjunction with the youth mental health organisation batyr.
Through practical and interactive sessions that are attended by NSW Waratahs players, the ‘Get Talkin’ Tour’ provides much needed support to rugby communities in drought affected regional areas.
The heart and soul of the Foundation consists of a community of like-minded rugby enthusiasts, who are motivated by the desire to be part of the solution and donate money through the Australian Sports Foundation to the cause they feel most passionate about.
Head of the Positive Rugby Foundation Greg Mumm, said the Foundation was actively working to make these private contributions go further.
“By seeking out additional government, philanthropic or corporate funding, the Foundation takes member donations and aims to turn $1 into $4,” Mumm said.
The focus for the Foundation between now and the end of the year is growing existing membership as well as launching the women’s coterie.
“Money raised towards the women’s game will go directly to hiring a Women’s Competition Manager as well as a Coach Education Manager,” Mumm said.
With 2020 membership to be launched in September, if you want to be part of the solution, please contact Greg at [email protected] for more information.
This article originally appeared in the Rugby News Shute Shield Grand Final Program.