Vocus, Australia’s specialist fibre and network solutions provider, has re-signed as the major sponsor of the Tiwi Bombers Football Club, for a further three-year term.
The extended agreement was announced by Vocus’ Northern Territory Account Manager, Michael Nyhuis, and Tiwi Bombers President, Dean Rioli, in the lead up to opening round of the 2021/22 season.
“Vocus is immensely proud to continue our sponsorship of the Bombers. We know how deeply entrenched and important football is in Tiwi Islands culture, with some of the highest per-capita participation rates in Australia,” he said.
“Under the leadership of Dean and the Tiwi Bombers Board, we’re excited to extend our support for another three years, and provide the opportunity for Tiwi Islands people, and people right across the country, to take part in and enjoy what is a remarkable brand of football,” he said.
Tiwi Bombers President, Dean Rioli, said having Vocus on board as major sponsor for the next three years enabled the Club the plan and keep building for the future.
“The long term and trusted partnership we have with Vocus as major sponsor makes a huge difference. It gives us the stability to make plans and decisions not only for this year, but years to come. It means we can take a longer-term view of success, and that’s off the field as much as it is on the field.”
“With round 1 almost here, we’re excited by what we can do for Tiwi Islands people and NT football,” he said.
This year, the Tiwi Bombers has a men’s premier league team and two youth girls’ teams, which will travel between the Tiwi Islands and Darwin to play in the Northern Territory Football League (NTFL).
Since its inception, the Club has been a powerful positive force impacting a range of social issues including youth suicide, alcohol abuse, improving education and health outcomes, and reducing unemployment.
Vocus’ new sponsorship agreement follows the completion of a submarine fibre cable from Darwin to the Tiwi Islands, which has delivered a massive boost to connectivity for residents, businesses, and Government.
The Northern Territory Government provided $8.5m in funding for the 60km fibre optic cable between Darwin and the Tiwi Islands, which was constructed by Vocus. The cable provides communities on Melville and Bathurst Islands with access to reliable, high-speed broadband and has enabled improved mobile services on the Islands.
Last month, Vocus also announced plans to build the first international submarine cable connection into Darwin, establishing the Northern Territory capital as Australia’s newest entry point for international connectivity. The $100 million Darwin-Jakarta-Singapore Cable (DJSC) will deliver 40Tbps of data capacity between Australia and Asia, unlocking the potential for Darwin to become a data hub for the region.
From left: Tiwi Bombers Senior Captain, Paddy Heenan, Vocus Northern Territory Account Manager, Michael Nyhuis, and Tiwi Bombers President, Dean Rioli
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