New Hope teams up with local sporting groups

28 March 2014

Three local sporting organisations are to receive some much-needed support as part of the New Hope Group’s commitment to sports development in the region.

The New Hope Group’s Chief Operating Officer Bruce Denney said the company believed developing sports in the local region through the company’s Sponsorship and Donations Program would benefit many people of all ages.

"We recognise the powerful, positive lessons kids learn when they can compete and have fun as part of a team," he said.

"And adults benefit from sports by participating in a healthy lifestyle through being active and social.

"That’s what the New Hope Group Sponsorship and Donations Program is all about, assisting not-for-profit community groups and organisations to develop long-term outcomes for the communities in which we operate."

The Oakey Soccer Club received a donation of more than $3,500 which was used to purchase a pair of senior sized soccer goals so the club can now utilise two soccer fields - one for junior games and one for senior games.

Club Secretary Jane Johnson said the Oakey Soccer Club was extremely grateful for the donation as it had not previously been able to host senior games.

"This donation means everything to our club, we could not have afforded to do this without it," she said.

"The reality was that we may actually have had to close because we couldn't host senior games here which are the larger part of our club’s income, and now we can."

Ms Johnson said it was important the club was a viable organisation for the future as team sports were an integral part of growing up for kids.

"Team sports build their self-esteem, health and fitness, they build friendships and learn to respect each other and their adult coaches," she said.

"Having the senior sized goals means our senior team can now have home games, rather than always having to travel for away games, and this brings in extra canteen sales."

The Indoor Allsports Club in Oakey has received a donation of $3,550 which provided them with 150 uniform t-shirts for their sporting teams.

The club encourages locals to participate in a wide range of sports, including volleyball, squash, swimming and more, to foster healthy lifestyles in a professional and welcoming environment.

New Hope also provided a $1,000 sponsorship to the Oakey and District Pony Club’s Annual Campdraft and Gymkhana which assisted with the club’s fundraising to ensure its economic sustainability and future within the local community.

The Pony Club encourages young people to learn to ride as well as teaching all disciplines of equestrian sports.