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Cadbury partners with Netball New Zealand to boost volunteer programme

Netball New Zealand is excited to announce that Cadbury will be the Principal Partner of Netball New Zealand’s (NNZ) Volunteer programme. The two-year partnership will acknowledge and reward the thousands of volunteers who dedicate their time to the sport and make a lasting impact on the entire netball community - from grassroots players to elite athletes.

“Volunteers are the unsung heroes of netball in New Zealand,” says Cara Liebrock, Managing Director for Cadbury New Zealand. “We want to recognise their dedication by shining a light on them, sharing their stories, and rewarding their contribution.”

Netball New Zealand has over 80 netball centres and five zones, as well as countless community and school teams across the country. For the nearly 150,000 players, there are over 300,000 volunteers who support the game through a variety of contributions from sweeping the courts and hanging the nets, to coaching and umpiring.

The partnership will fund a full-time Volunteer Advocate at Netball New Zealand dedicated to supporting and empowering centres and their volunteers. The partnership will also include a nomination programme that will recognise and reward volunteers who go above and beyond for the game.

“Netball is an integral part of Kiwi sporting culture, so we are thrilled to have Cadbury come on board to support our volunteer programme. Rewarding the volunteers who make the game possible helps ensure the long-term health of the sport,” says Jennie Wyllie, Netball NZ Chief Executive.

Netball is one of the largest volunteer sports in New Zealand, driven by pride in supporting the netball community. Volunteers nurture grassroots players and help facilitate their rise into a professional landscape, which is why Cadbury will also be celebrating these elite athletes through a Principle Partnership of the International Series in 2019 and 2020.

The partnership with Netball New Zealand continues Cadbury’s proud history of supporting community initiatives, including the just announced Conservation Volunteers partnership to support Auckland Council’s sustainability program for the native and endangered Hochstetter Frog in the Waitakere Ranges.

Last year, Cadbury contributed over $175,000 to organisations across New Zealand including Make-a-Wish and Paralympics NZ.

“Cadbury is absolutely committed to New Zealand and continues to build partnerships with organisations that contribute so much to local communities. With a number of colleagues here at Cadbury New Zealand volunteering at local sporting clubs, it’s great to see the level of excitement this partnership is generating amongst the team,” says Liebrock.