19 May

Welcome news for struggling cricket clubs around New Zealand – a fund has been made available by ANZ Bank New Zealand to assist with their recovery from the consequences of the COVID19 pandemic.

New Zealand Cricket (NZC) chief executive David White has hailed the ANZ Good Sports Grants, which pledges $1 million to support the return of grassroots cricket, as “a hugely generous offer of support, and a significant shot in the arm for the community game”.

“NZC views community cricket as an absolute priority and this generosity from ANZ NZ will make a real difference to clubs and club cricketers throughout the country. I can’t really overstate this point – the grassroots part of the game represents the life and blood of our sport and its health is critical to the future of cricket at all levels, including the BLACKCAPS and the WHITE FERNS. ANZ NZ has been a long-time supporter of cricket, and sport in general, and this program just re-emphasizes that. We’re very grateful for the assistance.” said White.

ANZ NZ has had longstanding relationships with NZC. ANZ NZ CEO Antonia Watson said conversations with NZC highlighted how badly community sport had been impacted in recent months.

All local cricket clubs or teams can apply for support through the ANZ grant. They can apply for cricket equipment or apply for funding to help with team registration fees, rent or even ground maintenance.

John Stephenson





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