Overview of Available Sports Credit Cards and Bank Sports Sponsorship
Many Australian banks are avid supporters of local sports teams, as well as sporting and community events. In an effort to provide customers who are also supporters of local sports and community events, some of these banks offer discounts and great exclusive offers to show that they match their customer’s level of support and dedication to the teams.
Below is an overview of some of Australia’s lenders who willingly support local sports by offering sports credit cards and other financial services.
HSBC Bank Australia and the Waratahs
HSBC Bank is committed to its support of Australian sport and has been a proud partner to the NSW Rugby Union Waratahs since October 2001. In an effort to show their support, HSBC Bank offers Waratahs life members and season members significant saving on financial products and services.
These include sports credit cards, savings accounts, discounted home loans, insurance options and many more financial solutions. These are exclusive offers reserved only for Waratahs members.
To encourage young supporters to get behind their team, HSBC also offer customers with children aged between 6 and 12 the opportunity to attend one of HSBC’s Free Kick Rugby Clinics. These are fun days where kids get to meet the entire HSBC Waratahs team and learn some sporting tips and techniques from real rugby players. At the end of the day, parents and kids can enjoy a complimentary gourmet BBQ with the players.
Citibank and the Sydney Swans
Citibank proudly supports Australian sport and sporting events, getting behind the community with an AFL sponsorship deal. Citibank has been the proud premier sponsor of the Australian Football League team, the Sydney Swans since February 2005.
Wanting to show support for a truly Australian sporting event, Citibank offer Sydney Swans members great discounts and special offers on a range of financial services.
These include competitive discounted interest rates on mortgages and loans, and higher than usual interest rates on savings accounts for an introductory period.
However, to support the Swan’s supporters dedication to sports, credit card offers for Sydney Swans Family members include an exclusive balance transfer rate. Citibank will also waive the annual fee for the first year. Once the introductory 0% p.a. for 9 months interest rate expires, your credit card reverts to the low interest rate of 0% p.a. for 9 months (reverts to 14.99% p.a.) on purchases.
Swans Family members will also receive premium servicing and your own Visa Concierge, as well as complimentary purchase cover and extended warranty on items purchased with your credit card.
Westpac Bank and Collingwood
As part of its ongoing support to Australian sport, Westpac Bank proudly announced a new 5 year partnership with the AFL’s Collingwood Football club. The partnership is designed to run from 2010 – 2014 in what it believed to be the biggest community based sponsorship in the history of sport within Australia.
Collingwood’s sporting facilities were formerly known as the ‘Lexus Centre’, but with the advent of Westpac’s sponsorship agreement, the facilities will undergo a name change to become the ‘Westpac Centre’.
Westpac has a long history of working with the Victorian community and is proud to continue in this tradition. A major highlight of the partnership is the commencement of the Westpac Community Cup, which will be awarded annually at a Collingwood match and dedicated to a selected community cause each year.
The first Westpac Community Cup will be at the MCG in the AFL’s Round 21, where Collingwood will play Adelaide. The Cup will be played for the Country Fire Authority. Both clubs will work with Westpac to pay tribute to 60,000 volunteer fire-fighters and to raise funds.
Commonwealth Bank and Australian Cricket
Commonwealth Bank stands by its passion for Australian sport and is Cricket Australia’s longest standing partner. As the major sponsor of the one-day international series in Australia and also the Australian one-day international team, Commonwealth Bank is determined to show its support for local sport.
The Commonwealth Bank has also supported the Australian Women’s Cricket team, the Southern Stars for many years and is also a sponsor for the Australian Country Cricket Championships, as well as the national Indigenous Cricket competitions, the Imparja Cup.
Commonwealth bank cites their sponsorship of cricket to be a way to allow them to engage with key stakeholders, as well as with customers and employees.
As part of their dedication to sports in Australia, the bank gets behind some well-known community causes, charities and organisations. These include raising funds for the Breast Cancer Institute, the Prostate Cancer Foundation and many others.
ANZ Bank and Australian Tennis, Netball and Ladies Golf Masters
The ANZ Bank understands that Australian sport is an important community involvement. The bank willingly supports several major sporting events in an attempt to show community support.
The ANZ Bank is an Associate Sponsor of the Australian Open. One of the world’s premier sporting events, the Australian Open is held in Melbourne every January. Also known as the Gram Slam of the Asia Pacific, the Australian Open has a widely recognised appeal.
ANZ has been a major supporter of women’s netball, launching the ANZ Championship in 2008. Offering a newsletter for customers to help raise recognition and awareness of the sport, as well as great prizes, the ANZ’s support of women’s netball is only set to get bigger.
ANZ Bank’s involvement in women’s golf also reflects their commitment to Australian sport. The ANZ Ladies Masters tournament is rising in prominence, thanks to the backing and support it receives from the ANZ.
Bankwest and Rugby WA
Bankwest announced in March 2010 that they would become the new major sponsor for Rugby WA. The introduction of a professional Western Australian team in 2005 has seen community support and popularity increasing with each passing year. Bankwest hopes that their support of rugby within WA will further enhance the profile of the sport within WA, as well as provide people with an opportunity to participate and enjoy Rugby Union.
As part of the partnership, Bankwest will proudly sponsor Rugby WA’s new mascot, ‘Westy’ the Swan.
NAB and the AFL, West Coast Eagles and Rabbitohs
The National Australia Bank (NAB) are passionate about supporting Australian communities and events across a wide range of areas. Their backing and support of Australian sport is a testament to this passion.
Since 2002, the NAB has been a proud supporter of the AFL. With the highest attendances of any sport within Australia, the AFL is a truly community sporting involvement. The NAB’s commitment to the AFL ranges from the NAB AFL Auskick junior sports program, to the NAB AFL Rising Stars Program, right through the major AFL pre-season competition, the massively popular NAB Cup.
In following with their support of the AFL, the NAB announced in 2008 that they would be a premier partner to the West Coast Eagles Football Club for three years.
In 2008, the NAB joined a partnership with the Rabbitohs as their major home corporate partner. The NAB announced that the cornerstone of their partnership will involve a community initiative known as ‘South Cares’, which is a program designed to assist disadvantaged young people. The NAB also supports the Rabbitohs with their efforts to rebuild Redfern, both physically and by involvement in community groups.
St.George and the Illawarra Dragons
For more than 30 years, St.George has been associated with the Rugby League’s Illawarra Dragons. Both have a strong heritage and history and they’ve grown together within the community through both their association and community involvement.
With long-standing involvement in community events, including health, education, mentoring, environment, courses, cultural involvement and charity work, both St.George Bank and the Illawarra Dragons are widely recognised as being a part of the local history, as well as a big part of its future too.
Qantas Supporting Australian Sport
Qantas is a proud sponsor of several major Australian sports and sporting events. They are proud sponsors of the Australian Rugby Union’s Qantas Wallabies. Qantas are also the sponsors for the Football Federation Australia’s Qantas Socceroos, the Qantas Young Socceroos, the Qantas Joeys and several other emerging soccer teams.