Lower Hutt based insurance brokers aibGROUP Insurance are sponsors of the foyer at the new Fraser Park Sports Centre, which is due to open at the end of the year.
"A lot of our staff are from the Hutt and involved in sport and we think the Sportsville concept, bringing clubs together in one facility is a good idea. It just makes sense, will add value to the community and attract sports people to the area," says Michael Blackmore, founder and joint managing director of the 15 year old company.
Michael has lived in the Hutt Valley since he was 13 and with colleagues from the insurance industry, amalgamated businesses to start a new company, CFS Risk Services Limited 2003. The aibGROUP is now the largest insurance brokering firm in the Hutt Valley.
Michael and joint managing director, Matt Roberts are both Hutt boys who have played sport in the valley. "As a local company with 27 staff, we want to make a difference in the community."
"Matt played rugby for Hutt Valley Marist which was based at Fraser Park and I also played a lot of cricket over the years (for Hutt District) and had many competitive matches against Taita at Fraser Park."
Due to open by the end of 2018, the recreational centre at Fraser Park will become a regionally significant precinct for sport, recreation and community activities, benefitting the local community and bringing social and economic benefits to Lower Hutt.