South Dubbo Wanderers have received a welcome boost in the leaded up to the 2018 season with Greater Bank announcing its sponsorship of the club’s junior teams.
The Wanderers are one of the larger clubs in the Dubbo & District Football Association and in their 40th Anniversary season will field 15 junior teams across all age groups from U5s to U17s.
Running a club of this size comes at a significant financial cost, according to President Matthew Stonestreet, who was delighted to secure the sponsorship on the eve of the season.
“Essentially, the Greater Bank sponsorship keeps us afloat,” Matthew explained.
“Around 90% of the players’ fee goes straight out to cover insurances and association fees, which leaves very little for us to fund the operations of the club.
“We want to keep the sport affordable as possible, particularly for our juniors. They are the future of our club and if we don’t look after them now, we don’t have a senior club in years to come.
“We can’t do that by continually asking members and parents to dip into their pocket for fees and other fundraising activities.”
The Greater Bank sponsorship has allowed the club to purchase new uniforms for all junior players, while the funds will also be used to purchase equipment for the teams.
“The new kits look greater and we can’t wait to the boys and girls decked out in them for our first round of matches,” Matt added.
“We can’t thank Greater Bank enough for their generous support and are proud to carry their name on our shirt this season.”
Greater Bank’s Dubbo Branch Manager, Cassie Reynolds, welcomed the partnership with Dubbo South Football Club and said she looked forward to sharing their success in 2018.
“We’ve seen what a fantastic job the Wanderers do to support football in the area and also encouraging young people to get involved in sport,” Cassie said.
“As a community bank, our charter is to support the region that supports us and it’s why we have thrown our support behind the Wanderers this year. We wish all the teams, as well as Matt and the committee every success in 2018.”
The South Wanderers kick off the first round of the Dubbo & District Football Association season on Saturday 7 April.