Bunnings and Touch New Zealand are calling on the Touch Rugby community to nominate a ‘Home Ground Hero’ who goes above and beyond the call of duty in support of the game.
It might be someone who drives players to every game or the person who makes sure the kit is washed and ready to go each week, or it could be someone who helps to coordinate the tournaments so that they are an enjoyable experience for all involved.
Five heroes will be selected to receive $5000 for their team to help with membership fees, uniforms, tournament travel and other Touch Rugby gear.
Nominations are now open and will close on March 25, 2022.
As part of the entry, nominators will need to describe how the Home Ground Hero’s efforts make a positive difference to their team and the wider Touch Rugby community.
They will also be asked to share how $5000 could help the Home Ground Hero to continue their great work.
"This initiative aims to recognise and celebrate Home Ground Heroes who are central figures in the community, making a significant impact on the game," says Touch NZ chief executive Joe Sprangers.
"The prizes will enable the Heroes to continue the great work they’re doing for the game and reward them for their efforts.
"We're delighted to have a partner who wants to help us grow the game and support local touch communities. We are really excited to be launching Home Ground Heroes and receiving the nominations which will be a joy to read."
Nominations can be made via touchnz.co.nz/bunnings-home-ground-heroes.
The winners of Bunnings Home Ground Heroes will be announced in early April 2022.
"We are excited to further our commitment to supporting the Touch community this year with the launch of Bunnings Home Ground Heroes," says Bunnings New Zealand director Ben Camire.
"Bunnings has a longstanding commitment to making a meaningful contribution to the wider community so we are really excited to be launching an initiative that will celebrate touch Heroes who make a positive difference to their community."