POSTED March 5, 2018
THE Ecco Ripley community will stage its hugely popular footy clinics again in 2018 after developer Sekisui House renewed its partnership with the Ipswich Jets rugby league club.
Sekisui House has continued its sponsorship of the Jets, a major feeder club to the Brisbane Broncos, for the 2018 Intrust Super Cup season after partnering with the club for the first time last year.
The alliance delivers a range of benefits to the Ecco Ripley community, including footy coaching clinics, membership of Ipswich Jets Leagues Club and access to the club’s courtesy bus service.
Ecco Ripley Queensland state sales manager Scott Blaney said Sekisui House’s continued sponsorship of the team was an opportunity to get behind one of the region’s much loved and long-established sporting institutions.
Mr Blaney said the Ipswich Jets footy clinics at Ecco Ripley last year had been an overwhelming success.
“The final clinic we hosted more than 500 kids and family members,” he said.
“It was a terrific turnout that supported Ecco Ripley’s goal of promoting a healthy lifestyle among its residents.
“Who knows, we could have future Ipswich Jets and even Queensland players living here at Ecco Ripley.
“We are proud to be contributing to the Ipswich region’s strong sporting tradition while helping to shape and encourage the next generation of players.”
Ipswich Jets CEO Jason Cubit said the club is excited to have Sekisui House on board for another season.
“We’re thrilled to have partnered with Sekisui House again, as their support over the past year has been richly rewarding for the club’s players and members,” Mr Cubit said.
“The Jets footy clinics generated a huge response from locals last year and this year the clinics will present another great opportunity to develop talent locally.”
The Jets are a renowned rugby league nursery, producing greats such as Allan Langer, Gary Coyne and Chris Walker. Ipswich is still home to Jets icons Kevin Walters, the current Queensland coach, and his brother Kerrod.
Under the sponsorship arrangement, the Sekisui House logo will appear on the front of Intrust Super Cup players’ shorts, training apparel and club backpacks, as well as having a presence at all home games.
In 2018, the Jets footy clinics will be staged at Ecco Ripley’s new $5 million-plus Lighthaven parklands which are under construction and due for completion mid-year.
Key features of the 10-hectare parklands include playground areas, dog park, multi-purpose court, basketball court, half court netball, several kickabout areas, extensive walking and bike tracks, learn-to-ride bike track, life-sized snakes and ladders, outdoor gym and sheltered barbeque area.
Sekisui House’s masterplan for Ecco Ripley includes over 4000 dwellings housing approximately 10,000 residents, and the $1.5 billion Ripley Town Centre, which is set to become the bustling core of the Ripley region offering retail, dining, healthcare, education, entertainment and transport services.