On Monday evening, Newcastle Jets Chief Executive Officer Mitchell Murphy was driving through Tighes Hill when he saw a group of keen footballers training on the Hunter TAFE grounds.On impulse Murphy stopped his car, hopped out and went to see what the players thought about the Newcastle Jets, and how the Hyundai A-League could better engage with those players in the future.
As it happened Murphy had stopped at the training of Hunter Simba FC, a football club in Newcastle formed under the leadership of the Hunter African Communities Council.
Hunter Simba FC uses football as a way to give “youth from the area an opportunity to enjoy meaningful integration and participation in mainstream sport”.
The club is “open and inclusive” and welcomes “players and volunteers from all backgrounds in the spirit of good football, good fun and a great social atmosphere”.
In 2015 players, officials and volunteers of African, Asian and Australian descent will unite for Hunter Simba FC in various local leagues as they bid to enjoy both the competitive and social aspects of the game.
In recognition of their ongoing efforts to unite the community through football and their feedback to the Club, Newcastle Jets Head Coach Phil Stubbins today presented Hunter Simba FC president Herbert Gatamah (pictured) with 60 complimentary tickets for Friday’s Hyundai A-League clash against Sydney FC at Hunter Stadium.
Match: Newcastle Jets vs. Sydney FC – Hyundai A-League 2014/15 Round 20
Venue: Hunter Stadium, Newcastle
Tickets: Please click here
Television: Live on FOX SPORTS 505 & SBS ONE
Radio: Live on ABC Grandstand & 1233 ABC Newcastle
Twitter: Join the match conversation using #NEWvSYD #NTUA