Council and Penrith Panthers sign new agreement

MEDIA RELEASE 20 April 2017

Bathurst Regional Council and Penrith Panthers have signed a new agreement cementing the partnership that brings a Penrith Panthers NRL match to Bathurst each year, through until 2028.

Bathurst Mayor Graeme Hanger OAM said the deal is great news for the city and the supporters of the game.

“The ongoing relationship with Panthers follows the success of the original agreement which has been in place for four years.

“We have built a successful relationship with the Panthers over the course of our current agreement and I look forward to continuing this over the next decade.

“We are also building on our city’s strong reputation as a destination for major supporting events and Council has played a key role in investing in the sporting facilities to ensure they attract premium events such as the NRL,” he said.

“Rugby League has a large and loyal following in the region and the opportunity provides immense benefits not just for sporting fans, but to everyone in our community.”

As part of the ongoing arrangement the Panthers will take part in a series of community engagement activities in the days leading up to the NRL game including school visits and coaching clinics. On game day, the feature match will be a Panthers NRL game, with the local Bathurst Panthers playing in the lead up match.

The games will be played at Carrington Park, which can host either day or night matches following the installation of a new lighting system last year.

Panthers Chairman Dave O’Neill said the partnership delivers significant benefits to the Panthers, the people of Bathurst and the game of Rugby League.

“Panthers has developed a strong and productive relationship with Bathurst Regional Council and their local community,” Mr O’Neill said.

“We are passionate about supporting grassroots Rugby League and in return the people of the Bathurst region have truly embraced our club.

“Each year our players and staff are blown away by the support they receive as they undertake school visits and coaching clinics across the region.”

Panthers Executive General Manager Rugby League Phil Gould AM reiterated that the relationship between Panthers and Bathurst Regional Council is about much more than just an annual NRL fixture.

“We are delighted to now enter into this agreement to continue the association for another ten seasons,” Gould said.

“Our coaching and development staff have been outstanding in providing junior league coaching clinics and Panthers coaching programs to the Bathurst area. Kids and parents have come from miles around to take advantage of these clinics.

“It's our intention to improve and expand these Panthers Academy programs over the next decade.”

This year's game is on June 10 during the long weekend starting with Bathurst Panthers v Orange Hawks, and then Penrith Panthers v Canberra Raiders (a rematch of last year's Bathurst game).

Tickets on sale now at bathurstnrl.com.au

Photo caption Bathurst Mayor Graeme Hanger OAM and Panthers Chairman Dave O’Neill

More information: Corinne Boer Media and Communications Officer P: 02 6333 6179 M: 0448 682 340 F: 02 6331 7211 E: corinne.boer@bathurst .nsw.gov.au

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