Newcastle Jets and the University of Newcastle can announce they have extended their partnership for the upcoming Hyundai A-League season.
A relationship has existed between the two organisations since long before then, with the Club’s Hyundai A-League team calling Ray Watt Oval home for more than a decade.
After an official partnership was formed prior to the youth team’s trip to China and Hong Kong back in mid-2018, the University came on board as a Major Partner of the Club at the beginning of the 2018/19 season.
Now, that partnership has been further extended and expanded in a deal which will see the University of Newcastle logo across the back of the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 home, away, and alternate kits.
The University of Newcastle will also play a role in Sporting Schools, a program which helps the Jets go out into local schools and get kids moving in a fun football environment.
There are a number of individuals throughout both the Club’s Hyundai A-League and Westfield W-League teams who have completed degrees with the University.
Ben Kantarovski and Tara Andrews are graduates of University of Newcastle programs, with Psychology and Engineering degrees respectively.
Claire Coelho is one Jets player who is among those currently studying at the University, with the Westfield W-League goalkeeper currently pursuing a Law degree.
There are also a number of University of Newcastle students who have completed work experience components of their degree with the Club behind the scenes too, working in the areas such as sports science, physiotherapy, media, business, and event management.
“To have the University of Newcastle extend their partnership with the Club is a great result for all parties,” Newcastle Jets CEO, Lawrie McKinna said.
“It allows us to continue offering opportunities to students at the University to come in and get experience in a number of different areas.
“We’re delighted that they’re now our back-of-shirt sponsor and having one of the City’s largest organisations on our side is a fantastic result for us moving forward.”
Chief Marketing Officer at the University of Newcastle, Tracy Chalk, said the University is delighted to continue their partnership with the Jets.
"We’re proud of our Jets students who manage the incredible balance between study and sport at such an elite level and look forward to helping young students build their skills through the Jets’ sporting schools program,” Chalk said.