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Running a grassroots rugby club isn’t easy. While player registration fees and the blood, sweat and tears of dedicated volunteers can ease the burden on a tight budget, cash-strapped, community-based clubs often still work tirelessly just to cover the costs of getting their teams on the park each season.But for the past two years, AGL and the NSW Waratahs have been helping rugby clubs across New South Wales fundraise with less of the fuss and Beecroft Rugby Club, in the Sydney suburb of Thornleigh, has been one of the success stories of the program. Counting the costs According to Beecroft Club President Dean Berkhout, competition for sponsorship dollars in grassroots sport has never been tighter, and that’s forcing clubs to rely more heavily on their own fundraising efforts.“It does cost a lot of money to even just run the club. If you’ve got a couple of big sponsors it’s fine, but if you lose a few, you’ve got to really find ways that you can become self-generating,” said Dean.“Our club canteen is a huge one for fundraising at home games, and apart from that, you’ve got guys out there trying to drum up sponsorship. That is quite difficult and not always the most fun thing to do, going around asking people for money. The fundraising side of things can be quite challenging and a little bit stressful.” The power of the program AGL’s Power to Play program helps give players, committee members and supporters more time to focus on what they love most, rugby.How it works is simple. When a fan or supporter switches their energy accounts over to AGL, they can nominate their community-based rugby club to score a donation of up to $150. The more nominations a club drums up, the larger the donation they receive to pay for things like new rugby equipment, fresh sports kits – even training courses for volunteer coaches.Over at Beecroft on the Upper North Shore, they earned $1400 in just one month by encouraging club members and supporters to make the switch to AGL.Dean said it’s been an ideal way for Beecroft to relook at how they went about fundraising, and he’s put their success down to promoting the AGL Power to Play program on Facebook, via email – as well as through a good old fashioned way, word of mouth.“It’s been really worthwhile for the club… we’ve put a bit more focus into it this year and made it a priority. If you can earn $1400 from AGL you’ve almost saved yourself from having to go out and get another sponsor, which does help a lot,” said Dean.To find out more about AGL’s ‘Power to Play’ program visit agl.com.au/rugby.

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After heading across the Nullarbor to give homes and businesses in WA a new choice in gas, we’re getting behind the West Coast Eagles. AGL’s Chief Customer Officer, Melissa Reynolds, sees our partnership with the Eagles as the first step in AGL backing what Western Australians love most. “Western Australians are passionate about their football and their state, just like we’re passionate about bringing them greater choice of gas retailers,” Melissa explains. “And we’re excited to now be doing exactly that for the people of Western Australia.” Just like how AFL fans see competition as being the life blood of a successful football league, Melissa also admits the same is true for an energy market that can truly help consumers. “We’ve always been innovators in Australia’s energy industry, from operating the country’s largest solar and wind farms, to building an app that gives our customers more control and visibility over their energy bills,” says Melissa. “Having the power to now offer our competitive discounts, online account management tools, plus practical rewards that can save our customers money to the people of WA is a real privilege.”[caption id="attachment_1871" align="alignright" width="470"] AGL’s Chief Customer Officer, Melissa Reynolds (second from right) with (L-R) star midfielder Andrew Gaff, WCE CEO Trevor Nisbett, and Eagles forward Josh Kennedy.[/caption] But popping our name on the players’ shorts isn’t the only way we’re putting our energy into supporting the West Coast Eagles... “The really important part of our sponsorship of the West Coast Eagles is being involved with their Aboriginal Leadership Program,” Melissa believes. “It’s a values-based program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in Years 8, 9 and 10, and it focuses on developing leadership skills through the topics of cultural identity, goal setting, teamwork, diabetes and responsible drinking.” And in and around Subiaco – or, from next year, Perth Stadium – isn’t just the only place you’re set to see us. “We’re a proud Australian company with a 180-year track record for supporting the communities in which we operate,” Melissa says. “Whether it’s helping at a grassroots level, or championing diversity and equality for our customers and people, we’re on the front foot when it comes to lending a hand and making a stand. “Once we’re well and truly settled in, we can’t wait to show WA what else we can achieve by working together.”

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