Newcastle Jets are pleased to welcome Port of Newcastle as the Major Partner for the A-League Women’s team, now enabling the Club to add to its squad.
The announcement aligns with the recent renaming of the national women’s competition to better unite football in Australia under one banner.
Executive Chairman Shane Mattiske said; “We are thrilled to announce Port of Newcastle as the Major Partner of our A-League Women’s team.
“Our A-League Women’s players will be very proud to have the Port of Newcastle’s logo feature on the front of their home and away jerseys in 2021/22.
“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.”
The partnership between the Port of Newcastle and the Jets, is a commitment to a new, golden era with greater opportunities for women in football across Northern NSW.
“Our women’s team should receive the same recognition and respect as the men and this announcement supports that goal,” Mattiske said.
“With the confirmation of the Port of Newcastle’s support, we’re now looking forward to adding to our squad – and to confirming other major partnerships which will support the Jets Women’s team.”
With today’s announcement Port of Newcastle has commitment to be the major sponsor of both the Women’s and Men’s Newcastle Jets teams in the A-Leagues.
Port of Newcastle CEO Craig Carmody said the Port was thrilled to be bonded by gold with not just the men’s but also the women’s A-League team for the next three seasons.
“We are passionate about our community and football and could think of no better time for Port of Newcastle to lend its support to another Newcastle icon – the Newcastle Jets A-League Women’s team,” Carmody said.
“We see this partnership for the three years ahead as an opportunity for Port of Newcastle to give a really great gift to the community of something positive and enjoyable for local families and football fans alike and to bolster women’s sport in the Newcastle and Hunter region.”
The Port says it 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,” Carmody 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.”
Among them are daughters of Port staff, such as 9-year-old Thommy Byrnes, who had the pleasure of meeting players Cassidy Davis, Gema Simon and Lauren Allan to see the new gold kit up close and learn some tips.
“I was like oh my gosh I get to go and meet my idols the Jets players,” Thommy said.
“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 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.”