Author: Chris Hodgins

Greater resigns with Hawthorne

Head of Strategic Development Chris Hodgins says there are many great local organisations that work behind the scenes to develop sports for the benefit of players, fans and the broader community. The Greater has renewed its support for one - The Hawthorne Club. 

From surf life saving clubs to local football and netball clubs there are so many organisations and people that tirelessly support the development of local grass roots sport. Their work benefits players, fans and the community.

Another such organisation is The Hawthorne Club. The Greater Building Society has just renewed its support of the Club. We have been a sponsor for the past five years.

Since its foundation in 1997, The Hawthorne Club has provided a supporter base for Rugby Union in Newcastle and the Hunter. The Hawthorne Club injects about $70,000 into talent development and the local Rugby competition annually. Last year it implemented a fantastic new Rugby Support Program. Watch the video for more information on how this program is making a difference to the game in the Hunter.

Each year the Club holds four major events for its members and guests. These events combine fundraising activities with a line-up of international and national guest speakers. Click here to find out about upcoming events.

The Greater is also a major sponsor of Newcastle and Hunter Rugby (NHRU).

Our support for NHRU and The Hawthorne Club is just another way we are helping others to make life greater for rugger players and fans.

Did you know?

  • Rugby was first played in England in the early 19th century. The first written laws were issued in 1845.
  • Worldwide there are 4,504,188 registered players and 18,630 clubs
  • Rugby Union is played in more than 100 countries across six continents
  • The Hawthorne Club was named in honour of the late Phillip Francis Hawthorne who was Newcastle born and who later went on to representative honours with the Australian Wallabies.