TECT National Sevens to lift community spirits

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Bay of Plenty Rugby chief executive Mike Rogers says the TECT National Sevens is a great vehicle to help lift the community spirit.

After an exceptional Mitre 10 Cup season, Bay Rugby is looking to continue the positive community vibe with the Sevens.

The two-day tournament takes place at Tauranga Domain on December 14-15.

With this in mind, Bay Rugby is excited by naming rights funder TECT using the opportunity to involve and recognise charities that play a key role in Tauranga.

The three charities for this year’s tournament are; Tauranga Community Foodbank, Blue Light Tauranga and Bay Conservation Alliance.

The partnership between Bay of Plenty Rugby and TECT will see free tickets to the Sevens for volunteers from all three charities.

Players and officials from both the men's and women's Bay Sevens teams are visiting each of these charities, to find out more about the work they do and offer some assistance.

“We want to make the Sevens a fun family atmosphere, but we also want to make people aware of the great things these charities do. It’s a good opportunity to acknowledge the work these volunteers do,” says Rogers.

The chief executive says this wouldn’t be possible without the partnership of TECT.

“They have been a very supportive partner in a wide range of projects and initiatives that we have launched.

“Ultimately without their support we just couldn’t do it. TECT is a very community focused organisation, who are driven by good outcomes for our community.

“I think they see things the same way as we do ­– that you can use sport to drive, not just sporting outcomes, but economic and social outcomes for our community.”

TECT general manager Wayne Werder says, they are excited to partner with Bay Rugby to offer volunteers from the three community groups tickets to the TECT National Sevens.

“The work they do in our community is invaluable and we want to thank them for their massive contribution and dedication. It’s what makes our region such a great place to live.

“It’s important to us at TECT to see our community thriving and sport is a great catalyst to bring people together; to celebrate the competition, the wins, and all the fun that comes along with it. We hope the volunteers have a fantastic day out at the TECT National Sevens.”

The visit of players and official to the charities begin tomorrow at the Tauranga Community Foodbank, to help with organising food, which is distributed to the community.

It will be followed by a visit to Pillans Point School with the Blue Light Tauranga team on Wednesday to interact with the students.

The group’s final visit on Friday, will see them join the Bay Conservation Alliance team to see the work that their volunteers do around the district.

Tauranga Community Foodbank chairman Larry Bilodeau says sport is a great way to bring the wider community together.

“That’s exactly what the Tauranga Foodbank is trying to achieve every day and why we support the Sevens.”

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