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ClubsNSW have extended their proud partnership with Surf Life Saving NSW for a further three years under the Your local club branding.

ClubsNSW Chairman, Dr George Peponis OAM, MBBS and CEO, Josh Landis, joined Surf Life Saving NSW President, George Shales OAM and CEO, Steve Pearce AFSM to announce the extension to the partnership on Thursday 20 November at North Bondi Surf Life Saving Club.

In what will be the eighth-consecutive year of the partnership, SLSNSW President George Shales OAM said that the value and support that ClubsNSW provides Surf Life Saving NSW’s 129 surf clubs and 75,000 members cannot be understated.

“Our clubs rely on the support of their local clubs, to provide the funding and resources to allow their surf clubs and members do the things they do best - save lives on their beaches and develop great Australians through our training, sport and junior activities programs,” George Shales said.

“SLSNSW prides itself on authentic and supportive relationships, and the relationship we have built with ClubsNSW over the past seven years has been one of trust and mutual respect. The renewal of our partnership just reinforces what a formidable team we are and what this delivers for our members and the community,” he said.

Since the partnership was established in 2013, ClubsNSW has provided crucial support that enables Surf Life Saving NSW to deliver a range of initiatives beyond its role as an emergency service.

As Naming Rights Sponsor of the most anticipated surf sports event of the year, the NSW Surf Life Saving Championships, and Supporting Sponsor of the NSW Country Championships, ClubsNSW provides the opportunity for more than 7,000 competitors to demonstrate their highly trained lifesaving skills and participate in an active, healthy lifestyle.

Meanwhile in the Community Education portfolio, ClubsNSW are a supporting partner of the Beach to Bush program which educates primary school students on beach safety. Last year, 94 percent of students who participated in the Beach to Bush program could identify the safest place to swim at the beach as between the flags, a 17 percent increase from those surveyed prior to the program.

ClubsNSW CEO, Josh Landis recognised that both local clubs and surf clubs exist to give back to the community and the extension to the partnership is important in continuing that support.

“Under the ‘Your local club’ banner, ClubsNSW is extremely proud to partner with Surf Life Saving NSW for three more years,” said ClubsNSW CEO Josh Landis.

“Our association aims to put the interests of clubs and their communities first — an objective which perfectly aligns with the mission of surf clubs across the state.

“We look forward to supporting the surf lifesavers and communities of NSW for years to come, and further strengthening this truly unique partnership,” Mr Landis said.

On a local level, the ClubGRANTS program has provided vital funding to Surf Clubs that last year alone provided vital rescue and training equipment including nipper boards, IRBs (inflatable rescue boat), IRB engines and defibrillators.

Surf Life Saving NSW CEO, Steven Pearce, said that in a year which has been plagued with uncertainty and change due to COVID-19, the renewal of the major partnership between ClubsNSW and Surf Life Saving NSW, for the eighth  year is great news for SLSNSW and the membership.

“We are immensely proud of this partnership. This has been a great example of a natural synergy, with both our organisations sharing the same values, support for community collaboration and development and both are icons in the NSW community,” Steven Pearce said.

“Surf Life Saving NSW would not be able to perform our role without ClubsNSW support and we are delighted that the relationship will continue and flourish,” he said.


Monday 23 November 2020