Panthers Group will support the development of the next generation of Rugby League referees after signing on as an associate sponsor of Penrith District Rugby League Referees' Association (PDRLRA).
The three-year sponsorship agreement will see the Panthers logo appear on the back of the Penrith District referees jersey until the end of 2022.
"There is no question that the recruitment, training and development of referees is essential to the success and growth of Rugby League," Panthers Chairman Dave O’Neill said.
“For the last 53 years the PDRLRA has ensured those who play Rugby League in the Penrith district are officiated by highly-skilled referees of all ages.
"Panthers is delighted to now formalise its long-standing support of the Association by becoming an associate sponsor.”
The Association is the largest in Australia with more than 150 members including current NRL officials Grant Atkins, Ricky McFarlane and Mark Bohan.
Members of the Association officiate in over 280 Penrith District Junior Rugby League fixtures every weekend from March to September.
"This significant commitment from Panthers is a major boost for the Association as we continue to develop the skills of our existing referees while also encouraging more people to take up refereeing," PDRLRA Chairman Gary Haines said.
"Our relationship with Panthers will allow our referee development programs to tap into the exceptional facilities and resources at the club.
"It will enhance our ability to provide our members with specialist coaching and training, and additional opportunities to develop their skills through camps and exchange programs."