THE Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU) look set to strike a sponsorship deal with global logistics giant DHL International for their grassroots development programmes and the forthcoming CAR Sevens Men’s tournament to be hosted in the country at the end of the month.
DHL International Zimbabwe country manager Jeff Phiri confirmed the development on the sidelines of the DHL “Africa As One” fun day held at St Georges College on Saturday.
Phiri said the courier service provider, who will be one of the sponsors of the continental 7s tournament, would soon be announcing a partnership with ZRU on various grassroots development projects.
“We are partnering with Zimbabwe Rugby Union and we will be doing outreach programmes,” Phiri said.
“We will also be one of their sponsors for the forthcoming CAR 7s tournament at the end of this month.
“We will start doing outreach programmes in places like Mbare, Chitungwiza, Bindura, Chinhoyi, so this is just the first step, we are getting into bed with Zimbabwe Rugby Union and we will be announcing some exciting news in the coming weeks.”
ZRU general manager Sifiso Made, who attended the event together with the union’s executive vice-president Coleen de Jonge, newly-appointed ZRU director of rugby Brighton Chivandire said they were looking forward to partnering DHL.
“It’s a great initiative for us and we believe DHL are proud of what we have done today and taking it forward we can form synergies that will allow us to partner with them in grassroots development programmes.
“We have put in proposals to DHL and we are hoping they will look at it favorably,” he said.
“We have Old Mutual who came on board to partner us and are quite happy with what we have done. If DHL were to come on board it would be an icing on the cake and more corporates would want to be associated with rugby,” Made said.