The Blues have found a kindred spirit as they plan a long-term restoration of their regional development programme.
Ganellen Construction have confirmed their support as naming partner of the Blues Development teams and the soon-to-be-announced development programme.
Ganellen has been operating in New Zealand for 11 years. In that time, they have been associated with several high-profile projects in Christchurch as part of the regeneration of the city, and in Auckland central with high rise projects including Crest Apartments, Horizon Apartments, Eden View Apartments and Alexander Park.
The unique partnership is more than a straight commercial arrangement, with Ganellen sharing much of the same ethos as the Blues when it comes to developing talent.
“Our policy is to hire people based on shared values and passion and promote from within which builds a loyal, experienced team, while mentoring and coaching enhances our people-focussed culture,” said Ganellen Director, Mitch Blunden.
“When we are looking to bring young people into our business, all we are looking for is someone with passion and commitment.
“We can provide everything else to make them a leader in the construction industry.
“And that our approach can provide a positive opportunity in partnership with the Blues.”
Blues CEO Andrew Hore said a cornerstone of the future for the organisation is sustained long-term development.
The organisation has been engaged for several months with their provincial unions and stakeholders in revamping the development programme, which will be unveiled this month.
“When we met with Ganellen we realised there is a shared vision of mentoring young people and what success looks like in a values-based organisation,” he said.
“They came on board earlier this year but much of our programme and plans were curtailed with the effects of the coronavirus.
“The timing is now ideal to press-on and we are looking forward not just to their support, but the unique opportunity for us to share the expertise and experience from both Ganellen and the Blues to help nurture young people to realise their dreams.
“It is a unique partnership that is exciting for the Blues and our provincial unions.”
Several development players have been included in the enlarged Blues squad for pre-season training, including the Interim Training Contracted players.
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