Christchurch Airport Supports Local Schools

Some Christchurch schoolboys who worked hard to help repair their school's broken goalposts have been rewarded with a training session with some of their Canterbury rugby heroes.

The boys were among a group of 20 treated to the session by CRFU and one of its sponsors, Christchurch International Airport Ltd.

The boys were selected by their schools, Fendalton Primary School and Burnside Primary School and put through their paces by Canterbury coach Tabai Matson, with players Andrew Olorenshaw, Ash Parker, Nasi Manu, Robbie Fruean and Tyler Bleyendaal. At the end of the session, the boys had time for photos and autographs, as well as some goodie bags from MORE FM.

Fendalton Primary School principal Paul Sibson says he offered the session to boys who had shown leadership at the school.  "We saw the session as a great way to thank the boys for their hard work in replacing our rugby posts, which were broken in a storm earlier in the year. The boys put in several hours of their own time to source new posts, so all the schools' rugby teams could carry on playing."

Christchurch Airport Chief Operating Officer Andy Lester says the company was delighted to get behind local and international rugby this season. Through its "Back Of Jersey" sponsorship with CRFU, Christchurch Airport's name was displayed on the back of the Number 9 jersey through the ITM Cup.

"This is a great way for the airport to give back to the community and support the team during a difficult year," says Mr Lester. "It was a bonus to be able to invite the boys to meet their Canterbury rugby heroes and impress Tabai with their skills. Who knows, we may just have helped one of those boys into a Canterbury team of the future."

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