Wests Tigers is delighted to announce a new partnership with Zurich Insurance Group, which includes naming rights to the club’s Centre of Excellence, to be known as the Zurich Centre.
Wests Tigers world-class Zurich Centre was officially opened at a black-tie event on Friday evening.
The new-look 2023 playing squad was in attendance as were several Wests Tigers Life Members, including current assistant coaches Benji Marshall and Robbie Farah.
Naming rights to Wests Tigers Centre of Excellence – the Zurich Centre for at least the next five years - is a key element to a partnership which extends well beyond brand visibility.
It also encompasses sponsorship of Wests Tigers’ inaugural NRLW team and will include several community initiatives which focus on inclusion and diversity, as well as grassroots development.
Wests Tigers CEO Justin Pascoe believes the Zurich Centre, which is part of the new Concord Oval Community and Sports Precinct, is a huge plus for the local area.
“We are so fortunate as an NRL club to have such a wonderful facility, one that is the envy of other sporting bodies worldwide,” Pascoe said.
“We are now also delighted to welcome Zurich as a premier partner of Wests Tigers.
This aligns a highly reputable, international brand with a state-of-the-art facility, and two organisations which share strong community values.Justin Pascoe
“The Zurich Centre gives us something to be truly proud of and it provides our players and staff with an environment that will help them to be the very best they can be.
“Wests Tigers’ vision statement is ‘to enrich the lives of our community’, so strategically, this facility and our partnership with Zurich, will play a pivotal role in what we do.”
Justin Delaney, Chief Executive Officer, Zurich Australia & New Zealand said: “The new ‘Zurich Centre’ marks a real milestone for the Wests Tigers and the local community, providing players with access to world class facilities so they can perform at their best.”
“We are also incredibly proud to support the Wests Tigers inaugural NRLW team, championing women’s sport and the growth of junior and grassroots rugby league in Australia.
This is a natural alignment between our two organisations which are committed to making a real difference in local communities."Zurich CEO, Justin Delaney
Minister for Sport Alister Henskens was on hand to cut the ribbon at the official opening and he believes the complex is a game-changer for the inner west community.
Rugby league is such a big part of our social fabric, and this facility is another major sport infrastructure project delivered by the NSW Government.Minister for Sport, Alister Henskens
“From community engagement to high performance outcomes, this facility has reinvigorated the Concord Oval precinct which will help grow the sport and provide local pathways for our future NRLW and NRL stars.”
The NSW Government contributed $64.6 million towards the precinct redevelopment, including the Wests Tigers Centre of Excellence (Zurich Centre).
The Zurich Centre is part of the $84.5 million Concord Oval and Community Sports Precinct which provides new recreation spaces for the rapidly growing inner west population, including a basketball court, playground, café and community rooms.