Hockey New Zealand today announced a new funding arrangement with well-known New Zealand businessman and philanthropist Sir Owen Glenn, that will see the Vantage Black Sticks Men’s and Women’s national squads fully supported for the next two years to enhance their chances of winning medals at the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020.
Sir Owen Glenn’s long association with hockey, having played the game himself, has seen him support the Black Sticks players for many years and be the Patron and a Trustee of the Hockey Foundation.
Hockey New Zealand CEO, Ian Francis, said the grant from Sir Owen Glenn was an amazing gesture which was received with much appreciation by the organisation.
“Sir Owen’s incredibly generous support will help the Vantage Black Sticks compete successfully and sustainably on the world stage and help keep New Zealand’s best hockey talent playing longer.
“Both Black Sticks teams are playing in the new FIH Pro League from 2019 which will take the sport to a new level and make demands on our players like never before.
“For our players to compete in the FIH Pro League and on to the Tokyo Olympics, we needed to raise significant additional funds.
“We’re very grateful that Sir Owen has generously donated a substantial amount and I’m sure our players will be excited and appreciative to learn of this investment in them”.
Sir Owen commenting from his home in Sydney said, “I am pleased that the Government through High Performance Sport New Zealand (HPSNZ) and Hockey New Zealand have both agreed to match my grant over the next two years.
“This will allow the elite Black Sticks squads to have their primary focus on hockey and now have the same financial support as other leading hockey nations. I look forward to watching the men and women’s Black Sticks compete for medals at the Tokyo Olympics.”
Whilst details of the funding arrangement will remain confidential, HPSNZ and Hockey New Zealand will match the grant, which will see the players of both women’s and men’s squads receive equal individual amounts to enable them to train and prepare for the Tokyo Olympics and maintain a healthy work/life balance.