Port of Newcastle has thrown its support behind Newcastle Jets A-League Women’s team to inspire the next generation of females into the game as the A-league unites football in Australia under one banner.
CEO, Craig Carmody says the Port has partnered with the Jets Women’s side to inspire future generations of young female footballers into the sport, and potentially one day a Jets jersey.
“As a traditionally male dominated industry, Port of Newcastle is keenly focused on supporting diversity and inclusion, gender balance and opportunities for women within our workforce, so the opportunity to support other women to pursue their goals presented the perfect partnership for us,” Craig said.
“By supporting the Jets A-League Women’s team, the Port hopes to inspire another generation of women and young footballers to follow their dreams and pursue any career they want to within community be it at the Port or on the football field.”
Port of Newcastle Chief Commercial Officer, Simon Byrnes said Port of Newcastle’s support for the Newcastle Jets A-League Women’s team heralds in a new golden era of for women and girls in football.
“The Port’s sponsorship of the Jets Women’s team will open up a field of opportunities for the Jets to retain and attract new team talent. It’s fantastic that we’re able to support the Jets and promote the sport to the next generation of female football players. Both of my eldest kids play football in the JDL, and watching them play, kicking the ball with them and watching the Jets teams with them is probably the highlight of my week,” Simon said.
“We live and breathe what we say at Port of Newcastle. This partnership gives the Port that opportunity to get out and create those connections broadly across the community which are so important to us.”
To launch the new partnership in a new golden era for women in Australian football, Simon’s 9 year old daughter Tommy and two other up and coming junior female footballers, Charlotte MacNeill and Annika Driscoll, got the chance to attend practice and star alongside three of their female Jets football idols – Cassidy Davis, Gemma Simon and Lauren Allen – in the A-League Women’s season reveal video.
“I was like oh my gosh I get to go and meet my idols the Jets players. It was such an amazing experience for me because when I grow up it is my aim to play for the Newcastle Jets and then after that play for the Matildas and represent Australia. I’ve played football since I was in kindy and I love it so much because I get to meet new people all the time. It is so fun playing with everyone and learning new things,” Thommy shared.
“I am really happy about them playing in the gold jersey because I have a lot of jerseys in my cupboard and I am looking forward to getting the gold jersey to add a different one to my collection. I love the Jets so much, they are so amazing, how they all work together. I want to be a Jets player when I grow up too.”
“I could be like them when I grow up so I practice so much. It has been so exciting to meet some of the Jets A-League Women players and it was so fun to kick to ball around with them and learn and talk skills. I watch their games and am inspired to play like them. I really like the gold kit and think the Jets will play better in it than the red and blue,” Charlotte MacNeill said.
“One day when I grow up I really want to play for the Newcastle Jets. My favourite position is wing and I am looking forward to playing with the Jets Academy where I’m going next year and I hope I learn a lot there including skills like how to get around players like the Jets girls do,” Annika Driscoll said.
Jets Executive Chairman, Shane Mattiske said the club is thrilled to welcome Port of Newcastle as the Major Partner of the Jets A-League Women’s team committing to a new, golden era with greater opportunities for women in football across Northern NSW.
“The shift to a new gold jersey for our A-League Women’s team marks a new period for the Club, and it is great to see Port of Newcastle, such a big player in this region’s business community, make a strong commitment to supporting women in football,” Shane said.
“Our women’s team should receive the same recognition and respect as the men and this partnership with Port of Newcastle supports that goal.”
Newcastle Jets forward, Lauren Allan said the return to gold kit for the women’s team and the A-leagues coming together under one banner to boost the profile of women’s football is a step in the right direction.
“The gold kit was the one I watched the girls play in when I was growing up. I was pretty stoked when I saw the kit and I think it was timed perfectly to be honest, it’s a good transition to gold with the coming together of the A-Leagues. I can’t wait to represent Newcastle in it, I am really looking forward to it,” Lauren concluded.
IMAGE | Newcastle Jets forward Lauren Allan, Annika Driscoll, Cassidy Davis, Thommy Byrnes (front), Charlotte MacNeill and Gemma Simon (left-right).
Port of Newcastle is a major Australian trade gateway handling 4,600 ship movements and 166 million tonnes of cargo each year. Its annual trade worth more than $29 billion to the New South Wales economy, enabling businesses across the state to successfully compete in international markets.
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