By Tricia Mifsud
Kilmore Football Netball Club, KFNC, and Barry Plant Real Estate have celebrated 25 years of the real estate sponsoring the sporting club.
Initially the sponsorship began with Stott Real Estate in 1997 before the brand merged with Raine and Horne. In 2006, the company rebranded to the now familiar Barry Plant banner and the partnerships continues to this day.
KFNC president Paul Maher has been with the club for eight of those years and said he has been thankful and appreciative of all the support given not only in that time, but for the entire 25 years.
“Barry Plant has been a generous sponsor and partner during the 25 years … one of the longest consecutive sponsors of our club,” Mr Maher said.
“I would sincerely like to thank Simon Best (Barry Plant managing director) and the team at Barry Plant on behalf of the club for their valued support. It’s people like Simon that can provide support to clubs that keep them going.”
Mr Best has been involved in the real estate’s partnership with the club for the 25-year duration, working with the one company under all three brands.
He said it had been a pleasure to sponsor a club that upheld a strong culture for such a long period of time.
“Continued support for any organisation is good, but the club has always been great to work with and that’s made it easy for us to continuing supporting the Kilmore Football Netball Club,” Mr Best said.
“From a community perspective, they hold themselves and their people in high regard and have a great culture.
“I think that’s what has made it both easy and worthwhile … we are very proud to sponsor the club.”
Mr Maher acknowledged Barry Plant’s loyalty during the pandemic, and said it significantly contributed to the club staying afloat in 2020 and 2021.
“With lockdowns in place, we weren’t allowed to hold youth functions, or open the canteen and bar to make any money but Barry Plant continued to support the club and provide us with much needed funds during that time,” he said.
Mr Best said supporting the club during the pandemic meant that its participants had something to look forward to when they were allowed to officially return and begin a full season.
“You want light at the end of the tunnel so to speak, and that meant the club returning to play footy, socialising and see all their mates,” he said.