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Pool passes perfect reward for rugby juniors

Two of Lower Hutt’s biggest sporting clubs are making a splash for their members with pool passes for player of the day rewards. Petone Rugby Club jumped on board last season and now Hutt Old Boys Marist has joined their “battle of the bridge” foes to “Go the H2O” and use alternative player of the day certificates designed by Healthy Families Lower Hutt and Hutt City Council.

Luke Adams and Ben Couborough getting player of the day under 10s 1

Unlike traditional player of the day certificates that often include a voucher for fast food, the Go the H2O certificates offer free entry into any Council pool in Hutt City, Upper Hutt, Wellington and Porirua. To be eligible for the Go the H2O Player of the Day certificates, the sports organisation or club has to demonstrate commitment to being pro water.

Matt Reid, General Manager City and Community Services at Hutt City Council and Chair of Healthy Families Lower Hutt says “Since starting this initiative in 2016, we’ve offered 17,000 vouchers across two regional sports codes and seven individual local clubs.”

“The pool passes offer a double benefit, breaking the link between traditional take-away vouchers and junior sport while providing a new opportunity for the player, and often their whānau, to be physically active at the pools. Wellington, Upper Hutt and Porirua Councils have also joined the movement so the passes can be used at Council pools across the region.”

Brian Faitele,  Hutt Old Boys Marist Junior Convesm INphotography H20story HOBMvsPetone 2018 05 12 3nor says, "We all know the health benefits of water yet we still see a lot of kids with sugar-filled drinks on the sideline, so it’s great that we have the support of Healthy Families Lower Hutt and Hutt City Council with our junior club promoting water only on the sideline.  This initiative now ensures as a junior club that not only are we providing our kids with the physical and mental benefits of sport but also the nourishment their growing little bodies need.  We are grateful to be in partnership with Healthy Families Lower Hutt and Hutt City Council with this initiative"

Parents are right behind the pool passes too. Jaydeen, a mum from Petone’s Under 10 White team says  “Pool passes are much better than other vouchers which end up costing parents more money buying extra food to go with the voucher. Pool passes are more fun, everyone loves going to the pools.”

Hayley, a parent from Hutt Old Boys Marist’s Under 10 Ninja Warriors team says “We never used the old vouchers but will be using the pool passes. We got three pool passes from Total Touch Player of the Day certificates during summer and used them in the school holidays, the kids had a great time at the pools.”

“Go the H2O” is a movement that promotes water as the healthy choice of drink where we live, learn, work and play. Clubs and sports organisations that demonstrate commitment to being pro water are eligible for the pool passes. Many have made an additional commitment to making their sporting fixtures health promoting environments by promoting alcohol free and smokefree sidelines and healthy food options in the clubrooms.

Imagine if wai was always the first choice of drink for our tamariki.