Jets fly in to make kids day at Nelson Bay

Newcastle Jets players shared some skills and drills with the next generation of football stars as part of a campaign to connect with the community.

More than 140 local children were treated to a free coaching clinic from Newcastle Jets’ players and coaching staff at Nelson Bay last week.

The kids, aged between six and 16, were taking part in the first of four Jets Play clinics to be held in the Hunter during the 2015/16 season.

As well as getting help with their ball skills, the kids and other fans got a chance to grab autographs and photographs as well as enjoy a sausage sizzle with players such as David Carney, Nigel Boogaard, Milos Trifunovic, Mark Birighitti, Mateo Poljak, Enver Alivodic, and Lee Ki-je.

The visit was made possible thanks to support from the Jets’ major community partner, Greater Building Society.

The Greater’s manager of its Nelson Bay and Salamander Bay branches, Ryan Palmer, said the clinic was a big hit with local people.

“The Greater is helping the Newcastle Jets to better connect with fans in Port Stephens and across the Hunter to build a stronger football club for our region,” he said.

The clinic was rescheduled to last week after storms washed out the original October 26 clinic.

‘Jets: Play’ is part of the Club’s overarching ‘Jets: Connect’ community program, fuelled by the Greater Building Society. It also includes the Jets: Learn aspect, which will see Jets’ players make a minimum of 30 visits to local Hunter primary schools for a one hour coaching session this season.