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For the last 54 years, young Lyttelton Rugby Club players have ventured to Titahi Bay in Wellington for a tournament remembered by many as a rite of passage of growing up ‘in Port’.
And this year, 21 bright-eyed, beaming under-12’s players returned home winners of the momentous tournament.
Lyttelton Rugby Club president Clinton Norris says it is the local businesses backing these young players that have made the Club, and the tournament, such a success.
For over 15 years, LPC has sponsored the young rugby players, providing each new member of the club with a sports bag, branded shorts, socks and jacket, beanie and mouthguard.
But it is more than providing new players with sports gear, says Clinton.
“It instils a sense of loyalty and belonging to every player. We are one team, and we want all our players to feel welcome and part of the team spirit.”
LPC’s support also ensures club fees are kept to a minimum, and that the Club can help families in need pay for their child’s fees.
“We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without LPC’s support – it’s that simple,” says Clinton.
While winning games is nice, Clinton says the Club is all about community, and family.
“Each year we have young players who start the season nervous and shy, but by the end of the season and the Titahi Bay trip, they grow more confident. It is like we’re bringing a different kid back from Wellington.”
LPC Strategic Engagement Manager Phil de Joux says the Port’s long-running support is a testament to Lyttelton Rugby Club’s important place in the community.
“Like the Port, Lyttelton Rugby Club plays a significant role in the Lyttelton community. Many of our staff have played, or currently play rugby for Lyttelton, so we’re proud to be able to lend a hand.”
While the Lyttelton Rugby Club is gearing up for another busy 2020 season, Clinton encourages anyone keen to give rugby a go in 2020 or lend a hand, to contact Lyttelton Rugby Club on their Facebook Page, or email email@example.com.