A very welcome grant has been awarded to the Wanganui Pirates Football and Sports Club. NZCT awarded the Club $20,000 to buy new jerseys and equipment.
Steven Boult, Junior Coordinator at the Club, says the sad fact is that the Club barely survives. That’s why they need NZCT’s grant. He said, “We received a generous grant towards jerseys and equipment for our junior rugby players. Although all our uniforms display our mighty crest, the jerseys are in various states of wear, colour, shape and fabric.
“Our young Pirate players are instilled with a passion for their Club. They like to play and grow a family-like bond with their fellow team players. With new jerseys, all players will unite as one across the grades.”
The coaches of the Wanganui Pirates Football and Sports Club will benefit from new equipment. “The coaches donate a lot of time and money to their junior teams. They have been using out-of-date or poor-condition equipment for a long time. The new equipment will empower the coaches and has a positive flow-on effect to our young rugby players.”
Wanganui Pirates Football and Sports Club was founded in 1897. Founding father George Spriggens contributed money and time to start rugby up in the Wanganui region. He asked nothing in return. The same can be said today: generations of families and dedicated supporters giving untold effort and money to keep the club surviving.