Jets lift the spirits of young fans

The Newcastle Jets have brought smiles to the faces of young football fans today at the Starlight Express Room of the John Hunter Children’s Hospital.

The Newcastle Jets have brought smiles to the faces of young football fans today at the Starlight Express Room of the John Hunter Children-s Hospital.

Head coach Gary van Egmond, Assistant coach Mark Jones, along with Joel Griffiths and Ante Covic, and new signings Kaz Patafta and Shaun Ontong, all spent time with young Jets fans today. Autographs were signed and the children had the opportunity to speak with their Hyundai A-League heroes in a visit which the coaches and players squeezed in between their morning and afternoon training sessions.

Today-s hospital visit is just one part of the club-s community programs which this season has seen the Jets visit schools, coaching clinics, local football clubs and shopping centres.

Jets CEO John Tsatsimas today explained that the success of these community events is a key reason in the Jets being one of the best supported clubs in the Hyundai A-League, with Newcastle currently boasting the second highest average attendance for the 2008/09 season behind Melbourne Victory.

“The support that the team has received has been nothing short of superb, and we really must thank the fans for their response this season.”

“It-s vitally important that we engage with the Newcastle community in any way we can.”

“It-s certainly a good cause, the Starlight, and the visit certainly brightened up some young kid-s days. Hopefully the condition of all these kids will improve very soon and they will be able to watch many Jets games in the near future,” Mr. Tsatsimas said.

The reigning Hyundai A-League Champions have seen membership numbers soar to record levels this season and expect a large number of families to attend the next home game against Wellington Phoenix on Monday, 6 October. Prior to kick-off in this Round 7 clash, there will be a free screening of the smash hit family movie “Madagascar” for the entertainment of young supporters.