Greg Mumm to head up the NSW Positive Rugby Foundation


27/04/2019



By NSW Rugby Media

NSW Rugby’s official charity and social impact program, the NSW Positive Rugby Foundation has appointed NSW Waratahs coaching alumni and coach education expert Greg Mumm to lead the Foundation, into its next phase of growth, with an ambitious plan to raise $6 million for investment in grassroots rugby

The Positive Rugby Foundation was established in late 2017 with the goal of extending the ability of NSW Rugby to invest in and support the growth of the game with a focus on making a positive difference to the health and wellbeing of communities; funding high quality grassroots resources and programs and enabling more people to experience the core values, life skills and opportunities unique to rugby.

“The NSW Positive Rugby Foundation is an integral part of NSW Rugby’s vision to Care, Connect and Unify rugby for the good of the game, as well as create new income streams that enable us to invest in grassroots rugby,” commented Andrew Hore, NSW Rugby and NSW Waratahs CEO.

“Our fundraising approach is to turn every 1 dollar raised by private donors into 4 dollars for the rugby community through the assistance of our corporate and philanthropic partners.

From this, we have set ourselves the goal of raising $6 million dollars of new money for grassroots rugby, enabling us to invest one million dollars into each of our six community causes: Schools and Juniors Rugby, Country Rugby, Women’s Rugby, Western Sydney Rugby, Indigenous Rugby and Elite Youth Development,” explained Hore.

Tasked with this ambitious plan, Greg Mumm takes on the role as the new head of the Positive Rugby Foundation with an extensive background in rugby, including a 10-year career as a professional rugby coach, combined with strong relationship management and business development experience.

One of Greg’s first priorities is to role out the second phase of the Positive Rugby Foundation’s flagship program, the Get Talkin Tour for Country Rugby communities, which was launched last year in association with mental health education charity, batyr.

The Get Talking Tour supports drought affected rural communities, by using rugby as a tool to engage local communities in conversations around Mental Health.

“This initiative is a fantastic example of how the Positive Rugby Foundation uses the support of private donors through our Country private donors, as well as the generous support of our philanthropic partner, the Tooth Foundation, and our corporate partner Macquarie to roll out a large scale program which has had a huge impact not only the on rugby clubs involved, but the broader community including schools and local mental health service providers,” explained Mumm.

Through NSW Rugby’s network of regional rugby clubs, the Positive Rugby Foundation and batyr, along with members of the NSW Waratahs and NSW Women were able to visit over 30 communities in a two-week period and help establish a strong local foundation for positive mental wellbeing in the regional communities.

Plans are now underway to take the Get Talkin Tour to rugby clubs in the Hunter and New England region in 2019.

Greg Mumm is hopeful that the example of the Get Talkin Tour and the amazing results that have been achieved to date will serve as a case study for how individual members of the rugby community, along with community focused organisations can partner with NSW Rugby and the Positive Rugby Foundation, to make a real difference not only to grassroots rugby but also the broader community as a whole.


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