Sponsorship

UTS North Sydney’s place in the world’s premier club cricket competition

The UTS North Sydney District Cricket Club (‘The Bears’) is one of the foundation clubs of the NSW Premier Cricket competition, which began in 1893.

The Bears field sides in each of the five senior grades, as well as a side in the Poidevin-Gray Shield (under 21) and AW Green Shield (under 16) competitions.  The NSW Premier Cricket Competition is the primary feeder competition to Cricket NSW, which in turn is a major feeder to our national team. The Bears’ role is to provide competition and talent to feed this cricket development pathway.

The club has achieved notable success in recent years. In 2019/20, the Bears won the fifth grade premiership and were runners-up in the Poidevin-Gray shield, while in 2018/19 we reached the first grade semi-finals and two players were runners-up for the O'Reilly Medal, the competition's award for best and fairest player.

In 2018/19, an exciting new chapter in the club’s history commenced with the launch of the women’s cricket program. The U18 Bears side made its debut in NSW Premier Cricket’s Brewer Shield competition with a full grade program following, which started with a third grade team in 2019/20.

In addition to our senior cricket teams the Bears has a junior cricket program consisting of some 500 boys and girls participating in the North Shore Junior Cricket Association (NSJCA) age-group and Cricket Blast competitions. The NSJCA competitions are played across the North Shore with 10 clubs contributing approximately 2,000 participants.

To prepare our juniors for the NSJCA competition, UTS North Sydney run weekly squad sessions for 250 U9, U10 and U11 players at Bon Andrews and Northbridge Ovals. We also actively support the girls “Sixers League” programs through integrated coaching programs.

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Why partner with the Bears?

An iconic club with an iconic home

The Bears call cricket’s most picturesque venue, North Sydney Oval, home. Since the first cricket pitch was laid in St Leonards Park in 1867, North Sydney Oval has been synonymous with the game.

The Bears' distinctive red and black colours are instantly recognisable in the Australian sporting landscape while the club’s roaring bear logo is equally well known. The club’s apparel attracts the community’s attention.

A rich and proud tradition in representative cricket

The Bears count amongst their alumni 21 former Test cricketers who played for Australia as well as the Bears and 66 former NSW representatives including famous cricketing identities such as Don Bradman, Bill (Tiger) O’Reilly, Stan McCabe and Sid Barnes.

UTS North Sydney has a number of players currently climbing the representative cricket ranks and our coaching staff boast international experience with Jason Krejza our Junior Development Manager and Michelle Goszko the Director of Women’s Cricket.

Regular coverage in the media

The Bears receive regular coverage in the North Shore Times and Mosman Daily, with multiple images highlighting our playing partners last season. In 2019/20, the club also attracted widespread coverage of Rob Aitken breaking the all-time first grade appearances record, with an article in the Daily Telegraph, a video feature on news.com and several radio appearances.

The Bears have a strong social media presence with more than 2,100 followers on Facebook, and nearly 1,400 each on Twitter and Instagram. We also send a weekly email newsletter to supporters throughout the season.

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Sponsorship Packages

incl. GST

Community Partner - $9,900

Secondary sponsorship position on playing apparel

Logo on all training apparel

Teardrop banner at Tunks Park or Bon Andrews on match day and clinics

Branding rights on a specific men’s side, as well as the U16 and U21 sides, for all social and Bears-controlled media

Advertising banner  and dedicated page on club website

Dedicated advertising campaign on social media platforms

Detailed business and services article in two editions of our weekly in-season email newsletter

Branding displayed in every edition of our weekly in-season email newsletter

Complimentary table at end of season function

Major Partner - $22,000

Front of shirt sponsorship for Senior and Junior men’s playing apparel and all training apparel

Club naming rights on all social and Bears-controlled media, including branding on all social media graphics

Teardrop banners at all Home Grounds on match day and clinics

Season launch naming rights

Advertising banner and dedicated page on club website

Dedicated advertising campaign on social media platforms

Detailed business and services article in three editions of our weekly in-season email newsletter

Branding displayed in every edition of our weekly in-season email newsletter

Complimentary table at end of season function

Player, coach or president to make an appearance at a function of your choice (subject to availability)

Strategic Partner - $5,500

Logo on training apparel

Teardrop banner at Tunks Park or Bon Andrews on match day

Branding rights on a specific men’s side for all social and Bears-controlled media

Advertising banner and dedicated page on club website

Dedicated advertising campaign on social media platforms

Detailed business and services article in one edition of our weekly in-season email newsletter

Branding displayed in every edition of our weekly in-season email newsletter

Complimentary pair of tickets to end of season function

Women’s Program Partner - $8,800

Front of shirt sponsorship for women’s playing apparel

Logo on training apparel

Naming rights on all women’s cricket social and Bears-controlled media, including branding on all women's cricket-social media graphics

Teardrop banners on home match day and clinics

Complimentary table at end of season function

Advertising banner and dedicated page on club website

Dedicated advertising campaign on social media platforms

Detailed business and services article in two editions of our weekly in-season email newsletter

Branding displayed in every edition of our weekly in-season email newsletter