12 rural community sports clubs around Australia have each received an early Christmas present last year of $2,500 thanks to a promotional partnership between local representatives from Corteva Agriscience and Nutrien Ag Solutions (formerly Landmark) locations.
To be in the running for the Corteva Community Club grant, local managers and agronomists from Nutrien Ag Solutions had to take part in a business planning exercise for 2020 and submit a nomination for a local club explaining why their community deserved a $2,500 grant.
Corteva Agriscience Marketing Director for Australia, Dan Dixon said choosing 12 winners was not an easy decision. “We know some communities are being hit worse by the drought more than others. Sport can offer a great stress relief, even if you aren’t actually playing, just to go along, to socialise and be a part of something can go a long way to positive mental health.”
2019 Corteva & Nutrien Ag Community Club grant recipients:
QLD: Burdekin Rugby Union Club, Football Chinchilla
NSW: Macquarie Emus Junior Rugby Club, Warren, Scone Basketball Association, Ganmain GGM Football and Netball Club, Marrar Football and Netball Club, West Wyalong Girral AFL Club
SA: Strathalbyn Football Club
WA: Jerramungup Cricket Club, Gnowangerup Junior Cricket Club, Ravensthorpe Winter Sports Association, Narembeen Football Club
In Warren in the Riverina region of New South Wales, the Macquarie Emus Junior Rugby side are one of four clubs in the state to receive a community grant.
“It’s a big sum of money for our little club and it is very generous of Corteva to make that kind of financial commitment to the community,” Branch Manager of Landmark Warren, Jeff Noonan said.
“We’ll put the funding towards some much-needed equipment and investigate how we can use it to subsidise insurance fees for parents who are battling the drought,” he said.
“Sport is an important focus for small communities, especially in dry times, so this grant is an excellent boost for us all.”
Director and Agronomist from Nutrien Ag Solutions Gnowangerup in Western Australia, Tom McInerney, said the grant is a significant boost to the recently reformed Gnowangerup Junior Cricket Club.
“We are a very small town and hadn’t fielded a junior cricket side for 32 years before this season,” Mr McInerney, who is also the junior coach, said.
“We’ve now got 10 little cricketers signed up to the team and they’re improving with every game they play, which is great to see. In a small community we have a big focus on sport and participation and we really enjoy supporting the advantages that come from junior sport,” he said.
“We’re incredibly grateful for that support, but this money from Corteva will allow us to buy new sporting gear and safety equipment, and perhaps even a bowling machine to help with skill development.”
In north Queensland, the Burdekin Rugby Union Club will put their grant money towards new equipment for the junior teams.
“The club started off with one A-grade side 42 years ago and now we have 13 teams from under 8s through to A-grade, including two teenage girl’s teams and an open women’s team,” Branch Manager of Landmark in the Burdekin, Ryan Cranitch, said.
“It’s great to have the opportunity to invest in our younger grades and continue to build the sport throughout the Burdekin region.”
Corteva Agriscience Territory Account Manager for South Australia, Nick Weckert, said he was proud to be able to present the Community Club grant to the Strathalbyn Football Club.
“It’s great to be able to support local clubs and the role they play in local communities, and it’s wonderful to work for a company like Corteva that recognises that vibrant rural communities matter especially in tough times,” Mr Weckert said.
“Having great products to help growers produce food sustainably is our core business but understanding the key issues in local agricultural areas is a big part of our role also,” he said.
Corteva Agriscience Sales Director for Australia and Key Account Manager for Nutrien Ag Solutions, Kirsty Ebert, said the company is committed to working with the communities they serve.
“As a company, Corteva Agriscience operates with farmers and consumers at the heart of everything we do,” Ms Ebert said.
“It’s been a really great partnership with local Nutrien Ag Solutions locations throughout the country and we’re looking forward to seeing the clubs spend their cash and start the 2020 season off strongly as part of active, thriving communities.”