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Former Jets coach Mark Jones to lead next Newcastle Permanent Coaching Masterclass

May 7th, 2020

Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) is proud to announce that former Newcastle Jets coach Mark Jones will be the next presenter of its Newcastle Permanent Coaching Masterclass series.

NNSWF announced the return of the Masterclasses last month with a special online series.

A number of free workshops scheduled for earlier this year had to be postponed due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. So NNSWF and Newcastle Permanent, our major partner of community football, took the opportunity to move the Masterclass series online.

Jones, who coached the Jets in the A-League and Adelaide United in the W-League and Youth League, will lead his virtual session on Thursday, 14 May.

The Masterclass will focus on modern trends in football fitness. In particular, how to improve performance and prevent injury.

NNSWF Head of Football Development Peter Haynes said he was delighted to have secured someone with Jones’ pedigree for the third online Masterclass.

“Mark has had an impressive career in football as a player and a coach so it’s great we’ve got him on board to conduct an online Masterclass,” Haynes said.

“Mark coached the Jets in the A-League, he was an assistant at Perth Glory. He coached the W-League and Youth League teams in Adelaide. He was an assistant coach at the Jets when they won the A-League and also had a stint as the club’s strength and conditioning coach.

“Mark has got so much knowledge and experience in the game that I know our local coaches can learn plenty from.”

Jones, an Australia under-20s representative at the 1985 FIFA Youth World Championships, started his playing career with Newcastle Rosebud.

He went on to enjoy success with Sydney Croatia where he won the NSL Cup in 1987 and played in the NSL grand final the following year.

Jones played two seasons with Marconi Fairfield before finishing his career in his hometown with the Newcastle Breakers in the 1993-94 season.

Jones started his coaching career as head coach of the NSW Institute of Sport before becoming assistant coach at the Jets in 2006.

He helped Newcastle to the 2008 A-League title and the Asian Champions League round of 16 and has coached internationally with clubs in Malaysia, Singapore and China.

Jones has worked as an assistant coach at Perth Glory, technical director of Central Coast Football, head of youth development at Adelaide United, a university lecturer at Edith Cowan University and strength and conditioning educator at FIFA and AFC.

NNSWF plan to announce a number of additional workshops which will feature more highly reputable special guests from across the region, country and globe delivering practical and theory sessions to help community coaches improve their skills.

Stuart Jones, Head of Academy at English Football League Championship club Blackburn Rovers, was the first special guest in the series, followed by former Australia and US and current New Zealand women’s coach Tom Sermanni.

Regardless of skill or experience level, Newcastle Permanent Coaching Masterclasses will add value to your coaching experience.

They are designed to be fun and practical where participants can engage and learn from coaches and mentors who have ample experience in their field.



What: Newcastle Permanent Coaching Masterclass

Topic: Modern Trends in Football Fitness – Are you exposing your players to what is required to improve performance and prevent injury?

Who: Mark Jones, former Newcastle Jets head coach

When: Thursday, 14 May 2020

Time: 7.00pm AEST

Register: click here

Registrations close: 5pm, Wednesday 13 May, 2020

Note: Places strictly limited to 90 participants. Link to Zoom webinar will be sent directly to registered attendees prior to the webinar.

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