OLD Mutual, in partnership with the Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU), launched a sponsorship package in 2014 that covers the development of rugby in Zimbabwe. The sponsorship package covers The Zimbabwe U14,U16 and U18 Craven Week sides, Tag Rugby and Community rugby in selected high density suburbs.Old Mutual’s sponsorship caters all aspects of the sport’s development, including balls and equipment that meet the requirements of the programme, as well as subsidies for the development coaches. These coaches have a minimum of IRB level 1 coaching accreditation and are Rugby Ready certified.
As Old Mutual is a business involved in savings, investment, insurance and life, the health and wellness of the communities it serves is of paramount importance. The group also sponsors various sports activities, most notably various races across the country. The races are spread throughout the year to ensure that athletes always have something to keep them occupied. Old Mutual’s races draw participation from professional athletes, out to earn some income in the form of prize money, as well as casual runners motivated by the desire to keep fit by engaging in rigorous healthy activity.
The year opens with the Old Mutual RB Marathon Relay Challenges that starts and finishes at Harare’s Old Georgians Sports Club. This event is a full marathon (42.2km) that many athletes use as the final warm up to the World’s Most Beautiful Race, the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon.
Each year Old Mutual sponsors an athlete who excels at the Old Mutual RB Marathon to participate in the Two Oceans Marathon.
Apart from the main event, the event has a relay challenge component, where teams have an option of participating in teams ranging from two to eight athletes over the 42.2km course. However, each athlete is required to run a minimum of 5.275km.
A 5km and 10km fun run is also available for the more casual runners, particularly those interested in participating as families.These are community-based events and attract professional athletes as well as residents from surrounding communities