Old Ignatians have been proudly and generously sponsored by an array of Adelaide’s finest hotels over its life. The longest term major sponsor was The Norwood Hotel (Adrian and Leon Saturno) and in more recent years The Bath Hotel (Franzon Family) has partnered the Club as its Major Sponsor. The Club has also had many loyal sponsors over its life, with the longest term being Garry Minuzzo and Ted and Paul DePoi, who have sponsored the club for most of its existence. A full list of our generous sponsors is featured on our website and the club greatly appreciates the support of our sponsors.
In recent years, under the leadership of Peter Zollo and now Carlo Calabrese, new initiatives including the Family Day Lunch, Wine Promotion (courtesy of 1882 Wines) and the Business Lunch have significantly increased our supporter and sponsorship base. The Annual Business Lunch has grown into one of Adelaide’s most highly regarded events, and showcases the professionalism of our Club. Recent guest speakers have included: Nick Farr-Jones, Kevin Sheedy, Sam Kekovich and The Hon Jeff Kennett.
Our stronger position has enabled the Club to invest in major facility improvements at its home oval, including: new light towers, an automatic irrigation system and major upgrades to the change-rooms, ladies toilets and spectator facilities. A new memorabilia room has also been created, showcasing the club’s heritage. The support of the McEntee family has been instrumental in these developments.
Having recently celebrated its fortieth birthday, the club appears to be in a very good place for continued success. It enjoys a fruitful relationship with St Ignatius College, as well as with Aquinas College. Its facilities continue to improve thanks to the support of its hard working committee and loyal supporters and sponsors.