The St George Illawarra Dragons and St.George Bank have unveiled a further two-year extension as a major partner to the Dragons' NRL and Women's Premiership teams.
Championing both the women's and men's squad for a further two years, St George Illawarra and St.George Bank have one of the longest unbroken sponsorship partnerships in Australian sport, spanning four decades and a growing investment in women’s league.
The two iconic brands have a rich heritage across Southern Sydney and the Illawarra, known for being committed to grassroots footy and providing support to local communities.
St.George Bank’s partnership with the Dragons was forged 40 years ago to support and embed rugby league into the heart of southern Sydney.
Cathy Yuncken, General Manager for St.George Private, said the partnership is equally important because it is focused on supporting the women’s league, and helping shape the future and acceleration of women’s sport in Australia.
"Our two organisations are absolutely focused on championing grassroots sport, diversity, and equality.
"By extending our partnership beyond the men’s to the women’s squad we aim to build momentum and recognition for the women’s team as well as increase participation for women’s and girls’ sport in the community more broadly.
"It is hard to aspire to be what you can’t see, and for young women and girls across the St.George and Illawarra regions and beyond, the Dragons NRLW squad and its phenomenal female players will inspire future generations of female players and fans. We are so proud to be a part of this.”
Ross Miller, General Manager for St.George Bank, said the brand is focused on growing participation in sport, being a brand that now supports three codes across Australia.
"Corporate Australia can have a driving influence on promoting sport, health, and well-being in our community, and creating pathways for women in sport is of significant importance to us."
Dragons CEO Brian Johnston said the club was delighted to see St.George Bank extend their long-term partnership; a continuum of commitment that has allowed for growth and opportunities of mutual benefit between the Dragons and St.George Bank.
"The Dragons are very proud of our history and partnership with St.George Bank over the past 40 years and are delighted to be continuing our association for a further two years,” said Johnston.
"We are very appreciative of St.George Bank's collaboration and support, their shared values and the continued backing of both the NRL and Women's Premiership teams as well as the grassroots and community programs."
The Dragons are one of four teams participating in the NRL Holden Women's Premiership along with the Brisbane Broncos, Sydney Roosters and New Zealand Warriors. The Women's Premiership will begin the first weekend in September in conjunction with the NRL finals series.