Newcastle Jets and the University of Newcastle (UON) have extended their partnership for the upcoming Hyundai A-League and Westfield W-League 2018/19 season.
The Club has called UON home for more than a decade thanks to a partnership with NUsport, which has seen the Hyundai A-League team train at Ray Watt Oval.
The Jets currently have a number of students at the University, with Westfield W-League players Tara Andrews, Cassidy Davis, and Claire Coelho currently studying in Newcastle.
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Ben Kantarovski is a graduate of the University’s psychology degree.
There are a number of UON students who have completed work experience components of their degree with the Club too, working in the areas such as sports science, physiotherapy, media, business, and event management.
An official partnership was formed prior to the youth team’s trip to China for the Weifang Cup, and Hong Kong for the Hong Kong Sevens tournament earlier in the year.
The UON logo features on the playing shorts for the Hyundai A-League side, and now the University of Newcastle have come on board for the 2018/19 season as a Major Partner.
Jets CEO, Lawrie McKinna said it is fantastic to have a Newcastle institution like the University on board in a formal capacity.
“To have UON extend and strengthen their partnership with the Club is fantastic for the Jets and for the University,” McKinna said.
“We’ve always worked closely with the University, having trained here for more than ten years. We moved our offices here at the beginning of last season, to further that relationship is a good step for the Club.
“There are major benefits from the University’s end as well, like helping to formalise work experience pathways for a number of areas like sports science and business.
“It means that we can work more closely with the University and offer students opportunities to gain experience and potentially employment here in Newcastle.”