SPARC welcomes new era for NZ Rugby League

Sunday 29 March 2009, 5:09PM



SPARC looks forward to working with New Zealand Rugby League (NZRL) following today’s decisions at a Constitutional Meeting which will help define the future of the sport in this country.

NZRL membership voted to adopt the 10 recommendations outlined in the Independent Review report ‘Rugby League – Contributing to New Zealand’s Future’ and to adopt a new constitution.

SPARC will invest an initial $450,000 in the NZRL through to 30 September 2009 to assist with costs associated with implementing the recommendations. SPARC will then consider ongoing multi-year investment.

SPARC CEO Peter Miskimmin says the NZRL and its members have acted in the best interests of the sport to help league grow and prosper.

“Rugby league is part of the sporting fabric of New Zealand and is simply too important to be allowed to fail.

“NZRL has taken up the challenge to implement a plan to ensure the sustainability and future of the game and SPARC is delighted to support that process.

“I applaud Chairman Ray Haffenden and the current board for their leadership and courage in making the right decisions.

“The hard work is only beginning and challenges lie ahead. SPARC is committed to working with rugby league to ensure the off-the-field performance matches the standard set on the pitch by the Kiwis and the Kiwi Ferns,” Miskimmin said.