Newcastle Jets players, coaches and staff will hit the road this July, traveling approximately 1000 kilometres over six days as the club seeks to connect with and inspire football fans from across Northern New South Wales.
The Newcastle Jets 2015 Tour, fuelled by the Greater Building Society, will see the Jets train and conduct community activities in towns including Taree, Coffs Harbour, Armidale, and Tamworth.
Departing Newcastle on Monday 27 July, the Jets will weave their way up the idyllic north coast on the first two days of the tour, before venturing inland to Armidale where the squad will set up-up a high performance training camp at the University of New England (UNE) for three days.
It is in Armidale that the Jets will hold an intra-club training match at UNE.
The ‘Jets A’ vs. ‘Jets B’ training match is set to kick-off at 6:00pm on Friday 31 July, and in collaboration with Northern Inland Football will feature up to four of the zone’s top talents as part of the ‘B’ team.
After visiting junior football matches in Armidale and Tamworth on the morning on Saturday 1 August, the Jets will complete their route back to Hunter Stadium in the afternoon.
Newcastle Jets Chief Executive Officer, Mr Mitchell Murphy, said that the tour’s objectives are multifaceted.
“It’s no secret that in Hyundai A-League season 11 many new players, coaches, and staff will work together for the benefit of the Newcastle Jets,” Murphy said. “As such, we believe that this tour will provide a platform for the squad and staff to bond not only as a team, but as individuals.”
“Moreover, the time is certainly right for us to take the club to towns in Northern New South Wales where we know we’ve got some highly passionate members and fans.
“By providing football people in Taree, Coffs Harbour, Armidale and Tamworth with the opportunity to interact with our players, coaches and staff, we have the potential to positively influence, or even start, someone’s football journey.”
The Newcastle Jets 2015 Tour is being supported by Greater Building Society, Slater and Gordon Lawyers, University of New England, SportUNE and Armidale Dumaresq Council.