Young sport lovers get a boost with partnership for TSSSA

Taranaki’s budding sports stars have been given a boost after one of the region’s major employers has stepped up to support TSSSA.

Taranaki Secondary Schools’ Sports Association (TSSSA) has netted Taranaki-based company First Gas as their new headline partner.

TSSSA runs more than 40 sporting events every year, involving more than 4000 students across 14 schools from Patea to Waitara.

Students from around Taranaki come together to compete in everything from netball and cycling, to artistic gymnastics and parkour.

First Gas Chief Executive Paul Goodeve said the company was looking forward to running, passing, jumping, kicking and cycling alongside thousands of Taranaki secondary school students.

“We are a company of families, and many of our people have children who are involved in sport,” he said.

“The TSSSA is a great organisation that does a fantastic job getting young people active in sport, so we are incredibly pleased to be able to support the work they do and look forward to working alongside them.”

TSSSA regional sports director Rebecca Scott said the association, which is a registered charity, is reliant on community and corporate funding to operate.

“Our vision is that all Taranaki secondary school students participate in some form of physical activity,” she said.

“First Gas’ support allows us to continue to offer a growing number of sports and events to young people throughout the region and ensures we can be fully inclusive – giving students at all ages and stages access to sport, whether it be competitive or participation-based,” she said.

“It will also provide us with resource to ensure we are developing our programmes to best fit the needs of youth.”