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Help us free up the big dreams of little players

We’re teaming up with Eden Park to support a deserving Auckland primary school with our Big Little Sponsorship.

Is your school our winner?

Nominations have now closed. We will announce the winning primary school in November 2019.

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The prize

Win one of two $10,000 sports grants. You can spend it on whatever will help the kids tackle their sporting dreams. It could be a new turf for the rugby field, extra coaching sessions, bus hire to get the kids to the game, or even new boots and bibs for all the players.

The lucky schools will celebrate in style with a visit to their school from rugby legend and campaign ambassador, Keven Mealamu.

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.

Spread the word!

To help you spread word of the Big Little Sponsorship and get support for your school, we’ve got a few things to help. 

A5 Flyer

Spread the word and download our PDF flyer to share around

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School newsletter

Tell school parents about the Big Little Sponsorship by including an image in your school newsletter

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Share a post on Facebook with your community to help get support


Our judges

Picture of Keven Mealamu

Keven Mealamu

Campaign ambassador and rugby legend

Picture of staff member: Richard Park - Head of Marketing and Distribution

Richard Park

General Manager - Marketing, Portfolio & Pricing, AA Insurance

Picture of staff member Melodie Vickars - Brand and Marketing Manager

Melodie Vickars

Head of Brand and Marketing, AA Insurance

Nick Sautner

Chief Executive, Eden Park

Danielle Wall

Claims Assist Representative, AA Insurance

Keven Mealamu

Campaign ambassador and rugby legend

Former All Black hooker, Keven Mealamu is the perfect ambassador for this campaign. Aside from being a rugby legend, he's a family man and a passionate supporter of grass roots sport, so his involvement is a perfect match. Keven is also an Eden Park ambassador and is involved in a number of community initiatives. 

Richard Park

General Manager - Marketing, Portfolio & Pricing, AA Insurance

Richard’s responsibilities are focused on customer outcomes and ensuring that AA Insurance’s brand promise is fulfilled. Richard has over 20 years experience in the insurance industry and joined AA Insurance in 2011. Richard started playing sport at just five years old and says it's been a huge part of his life since then. He particularly enjoys rugby and cricket where he captained the 1st XI team and also played for representative teams. 

Melodie Vickars

Head of Brand and Marketing, AA Insurance

Melodie holds a wealth of knowledge and experience of sponsorships, having worked on both international and local sponsorships. During her time at AA Insurance, she has worked on the sponsorship of The DreamWorks Animation Exhibition at Te Papa, a long standing partnership with youth charity, Blue Light, sponsorship of NRL referees in New Zealand and most recently, an icon partnership of Eden Park Stadium with Eden Park Trust. Melodie understands the importance of encouraging kids to get involved in sport and keeping active. She enjoys watching her twin girls have fun playing different sports, from swimming to taekwondo!

Nick Sautner

Chief Executive, Eden Park

Nick crossed the Tasman and joined the Eden Park team in June 2016. His 20 years’ experience has included roles at Colonial Stadium, Telstra Dome, Etihad Stadium, Domain Stadium and West Australian Football Commission. Outside of work, Nick played 260 VFL matches and won 5 premierships with Sandringham and 2 VAFA premierships with Wesley Collegians. Amongst a number of individual honours, he kicked 883 goals in the VFL competition and holds the competition record for leading goal kicker.

Danielle Wall

Claims Assist Representative, AA Insurance

Danielle came to AA Insurance three years ago from a community training background. She has held roles in the Customer Service team (including as a Senior) and now has a role in the Claims Assist team. Having tried her hand at a range of different sports, she now enjoys being able to be a side-line supporter for her nieces and nephews sporting endeavours.

Frequently asked questions

How long is the competition running for?

Nominations have closed for 2021.

Who can enter?

Nominations have closed for 2021.

How were schools nominated?

Anyone could nominate their chosen primary school through the form that was live on this page during the nomination phase.

How does the judging work?

Our judges evaluated 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 judging was completed in July.

When will the winning school be announced?

We announced our North Island winner on Wednesday 29th September and will be announcing our South Island winner later in October.

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

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.