Australia’s Sportscover Offers Assistance to Insureds Hit by Bushfires

February 11, 2009

Sports and leisure insurer Sportscover has offered immediate assistance to client businesses that have been directly affected by the Australian bushfires. The insurer said it has “set aside initial funds for distribution to affected clients to ensure that they can start to rebuild operations as soon as possible.”

Sportscover’s Lloyd’s syndicate is a major sports and leisure insurer in Australia. Group Chairman, Peter Nash commented: “The size of the human and economic tragedy is enormous and our hearts go out to those affected. Although as an insurer we do not appear to have suffered significant losses, we do have a number of client businesses in the areas that may have been very badly affected by the bushfires. They may need urgent assistance to start the rebuilding process and we are here to help.

“The first thoughts on everybody’s mind is to make sure that people are safe,” he continued. “However, for many of these communities their local footy club or recreation center is the focal point and that is where we can help to try to get things back to some kind of normality as soon as possible.”

A telephone hotline 1300 134 956 is available for policyholders to notify possible claims.

Sportscover has also announced that its annual Sportscover Sponsorship Fund which is normally allocated to amateur sports clubs based upon submissions from around the country, will this year be allocated to sports clubs who have been affected by the Victorian bushfires. The Fund will be used to distribute grants of $1,000 per club to replace sports equipment that has been lost due to this disaster.

Sportscover Australia’s CEO Murray Anderson explained that while “some clubs around the country may be disappointed that they will not be eligible to apply for the sponsorship grants this year, we believe that this is an appropriate way in which Sportscover can assist those clubs most affected by the Victorian bushfire tragedy”.

Affected clubs who wish to apply can do so through Sportscover’s web-site:

Source: Sportscover –

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