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The Big Little Sponsorship

Your primary school could be our $10,000 sports grant winner! Nominations are now closed and our judges are working hard to select the winning schools.

Our Big Little Sponsorship celebrates our partnership with Eden Park by championing grassroots sports in schools and giving back to the community. We asked for nominations for two deserving primary schools (one in the North Island and one in the South Island) to each win a $10,000 sports grant and were blown away with over 5,000 nominations from across New Zealand. The lucky winning schools will celebrate in style with a visit from former All Black and rugby legend, Keven Mealamu.

We also have a $2,000 and $1,000 sports grant to giveaway to our second and third place schools for each island. We’ll be announcing our winners in May, so keep an eye out for the exciting reveal!

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How we find our winning schools


Any primary school in New Zealand that hasn’t previously won can be nominated and apply. One $10,000 prize will be given to a North Island school, and one to a South Island school.

Strength of nomination

Number of unique nominations each primary school receives.

How compelling and genuine the primary school's need for support is.

Value of winning

How a sports grant could help the primary school overcome any challenges they face when organising sports activities.

Importance of sport

The role that sport plays and the impact it has at the primary school.

Our 2023 Big little Sponsorship winners

Who’s next?

Four students of East Gore school having fun on a colourful climbing frame.

The Big Little Sponsorship is back for the fifth time, looking for two deserving primary schools across the nation to receive one of two $10,000 sports grants. Alongside All Blacks legend Keven Mealamu and our friends at Eden Park, we’re now opening the search to find two primary schools who could do with a helping hand in 2024.

Frequently asked questions

How long is the competition running for?

Nominations are open from 9am, Monday 19 February – 11:59pm Sunday 24 March 2024.

Who can enter?

Nominations can be made by anyone. If you’re under 18 years of age, you’ll need to include the details of your parent/guardian.

What do I have to do to enter?

To nominate your chosen primary school, enter your details in the nomination form above. Answer all the questions and give as much detail as possible, the more information you can provide to support your nomination, the better our judges can understand the school.

How does the judging work?

Our judges will evaluate nominations to select the winner at their sole discretion with reference to, but not limited by, the judging criteria.

When will the judging take place?

Our judges will meet in April 2024 to decide on the winning primary schools.

When will the winning school be announced?

Each of the winning school’s principal will be notified in late April and the wider school community in May.

I have a question that hasn't been answered – what do I do?

You can Live Chat with us on our website or call us on 0800 500 231. Our Contact Centre is open from 8am – 8pm Monday to Friday and 8am – 6pm on weekends and public holidays.