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Pitch your club competition now open

Katrina Roe.

With sport being part of our DNA, hundreds of clubs around New Zealand doing their best to support local communities and offer kids the opportunity to play sport.

In a bid to keep fuelling Kiwi kids in sport, Milo has teamed up with New Zealand’s sporting greats, Dame Valerie Adams, Scott Barrett and Katrina Rore, to announce Milo Pitch Your Club, giving teams and sports clubs across NZ the opportunity to win cash and sports equipment to support the future of their club.

Milo has launched the Pitch Your Club Competition to help grassroots sports clubs reach their goals this winter.

The competition offers teams and sports clubs across New Zealand the opportunity to win a share of $50,000 in cash and sports equipment plus the opportunity to feature in a Rebel Sports advert.

According to data released this week, just 31 per cent of parents consider mastering a chosen sport as a main motivator for encouraging their child to play in a sports team.

Instead, Kiwi parents have revealed that learning soft skills (67 per cent), taking part in physical exercise (60 per cent) and meeting new friends (57 per cent) are the top reasons for encouraging kids to take part.

The research, commissioned by Milo as part of its ongoing commitment to children’s sport, also found that a whopping 94 per cent of parents believe that being a member of a sports club can teach children valuable soft skills.

Ability to work within a team came out top as the most commonly identified skill (65 per cent), while learning to overcome obstacles (53 per cent), the importance of physical exercise (53 per cent), as well as learning about commitment and goals (53 per cent) were also listed as skills and benefits of club sport.

“Growing up and participating in sport has shaped me into the person I am today,” says Dame Valerie Adams.

“Most people know me as an individual athlete, but I also played on basketball, netball and rugby teams in my younger days. There are so many lifelong skills you learn in sport – it’s taught me how to overcome challenging situations, provided me with amazing opportunities and most of all lifelong friendships.

“I’m so pleased to be involved and give back to grassroots clubs and support the next generation, so budding Kiwi athletes of all ages can have the opportunity to participate too.”

Milo spokesperson Fraser Shrimpton says Milo has been fuelling Kiwi kids on and off the field for years.

“We know what an important role sport plays in the lives of so many. Regardless of what sport, or what level people are playing at, having the opportunity to be a part of a team, get active, have fun, socialise and learn new skills shouldn’t be taken for granted, so we wanted to give a helping hand to the people that make it possible.

“Milo Pitch Your Club is calling on Kiwis to let us know what they need for their sports clubs to be in the running to win cash or new equipment. From the leaky roofs and new goal posts, down to new balls or kit, we want to hear from you!”

Scott Barrett.

Milo Pitch Your Club invites clubs across the country to apply to win equipment or cash to help them meet their goals plus the opportunity to feature in a Rebel Sports advert.

Clubs can be from any sporting code, with players of any age.

How to enter:

To pitch your club, head to milo.co.nz/milopitch. Entries open 19 April 2021 and will close on 10 June 2021 and deserving clubs contacted from 18 June 2021. Terms and conditions apply*.

*Open to NZ residents 15+ (if under 18, obtain parent/guardian’s consent). Entries judged between 11.06.21-18.06.21. Beneficiary of all prizes will be winner nominated NZ local sports club who is registered with SportsNZ and has been approved by the promoter. Cash prizes include 1 x $10k, 2 x $5k and 10 x $1k plus 10 x $2,000 Rebel Sport Vouchers. Total prize pool up to $50k + money can't buy experience. Promoter is Nestle New Zealand Limited."

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