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ACG continues support in Nipper’s 50th year

“We’re so proud to support a local organisation that, like us, wants to develop capable confident young adults for the future. It’s about giving back to the community, supporting each other and learning life skills that will be invaluable for our kids for the future.” – Principal, Thea Kilian

As the Mount Maunganui Lifeguard Service’s Nippers prepares to celebrate their 50th anniversary next month, ACG Tauranga is delighted to announce it will continue as primary sponsor of the Nippers programme for a second year.

The sponsorship is part of the school’s ongoing commitment to education and community. It continues for the 2018/2019 summer season under the leadership of principal Thea Kilian.

“Our school opened in 2015 and, as a relative newcomer to the Bay of Plenty, it’s humbling for us to partner with such an established club, particularly in a year in which the Nippers celebrate this tremendous milestone,” she said.

“We’re so proud to support a local organisation that, like us, wants to develop capable confident young adults for the future. It’s about giving back to the community, supporting each other and learning life skills that will be invaluable for our kids for the future.”

Mount Maunganui Lifeguard Service Chairman Paul Manning said the club was delighted to continue the partnership:

“The goal of the Nippers programme is to develop the lifeguards of the future through providing education, competence and confidence in and around the beach environment. ACG have shown they care deeply about education, service and community, and both organisations share a real passion for innovation and continuous improvement, so there’s a great natural fit there. We’re really proud of the long history of Nippers here at the Mount and nationwide and the ongoing support provided by this partnership ensures the programme will continue to thrive.”

The Nippers programme teaches 5-to-13 year old kids important water skills, helps to grow confidence in the water and teaches them how to keep locals safe on the beach. It complements the competitive Oceans (10-13) age group, the Rookie Lifeguard programme and weekly skill sessions and school holiday programmes for a range of levels.

The focus on ongoing education aligns well with ACG Tauranga, which opened a new preschool on its campus last year and now offers education from Preschool through to Year 13.

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