Know a primary school who'd love a $10,000 sports grant?

Nominations are now closed for 2021. We will announce the winners in July.

We all know how important sport is to Kiwi kids. It teaches fair play, team work, builds confidence and keeps them active. But getting the little ones match ready can be expensive.

Now you can help your favourite New Zealand primary school by nominating it to win one of two $10,000 sports grants to spend on anything they need to help shape the next generation of sporting stars.

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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.

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

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.

Let's hear it from our 2019 Big Little winner!

Our 2019 winner, Manurewa West Primary School, was chosen by our judging panel for their values and passion for sport, and the effort they put into ensuring the wellbeing of their students. You can see some of the students of Manurewa West in our 2021 campaign, which we filmed at the school.

Frequently asked questions

How long is the competition running for?

Nominations are open from 9am, Monday 17 May – 11:59pm Saturday 19 June 2021

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, click on the nominate button at the top of the page. 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. 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 on Monday 28th June 2021 to decide on the winning primary school.

When will the winning school be announced?

The winner school principals will be notified early July and the wider school community in late in July.

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.