On Thursday last week, one of the platinum sponsors, the Bank of the Cook Islands (BCI), signed an agreement to provide $10,000 to the organisers of the annual competition.
The local bank, which has been a part of the tournament since its inception in 2016, has also indicated its willingness to extend their support for the next three years.
BCI managing director Vaine Nooana-Arioka said they were pleased to partner with the tournament, which focused on the development of netball from the grassroots level.
She said they believed in the objectives the tournament was founded on and were happy to help achieve those goals.
“On behalf of BCI as a sponsor since the foundation of the tournament, we are extremely pleased to see the growth year after year. Just going through the statistics, I think we have reached over 350 female participants just in last year’s tournament,” Nooana-Arioka said.
“It’s quite a significant reach of potential that the tournament, alongside BCI and the rest of your partners, encourages and inspires, not only to be a part of netball but to lead healthy lifestyles through the continued spirit that the tournament is seeking to achieve by taking netball back to the grassroots and back to the community.”
Nooana-Arioka said the tournament was regenerating interest in netball through its vision, energy, dedication and determination.
She also applauded the team behind the tournament, adding that their hard work made it easier for BCI to jump onboard as one of the main sponsors.
In thanking BCI, Rising Stars Tournament coordinator and Netball Cook Islands vice-president of development Kopu Anguna said that community participation was important and it was growing every year.