The first phase of Community Engagement by the new Newcastle Jets will be held throughout June, Football Federation Australia (FFA) announced today.
In conjunction with Northern NSW Football, FFA will hold three forums.
- A Business Leaders Forum on Wednesday 10 June
- A Jets Members Forum on Thursday 18 June
- A Northern NSW Football Community Forum on Wednesday 24 June
The Jets Members and Football Community Forums will be also conducted as virtual online forums via social media to allow broad participation.
In addition, a series of targeted online surveys will canvass a wide range of opinions.
Head of Hyundai A-League Damien de Bohun said the commitment from FFA was to put the football people of Northern NSW at the heart of the new club.
“Clubs exist for their members, fans and the wider community,” said de Bohun. “Listening to these people is more than consultation, it’s about putting the culture, values and aspirations of Newcastle and Northern NSW into the way the Jets act and think.”
The first of the forums will seek to draw upon the business expertise within the Newcastle and Hunter Region with a Business Leaders Forum on Wednesday 10 June. (By invitation only).
The Jets Members Forum on 18 June will be open to all 2014/15 Members who will be invited to pre-register.
The Football Community Forum on 24 June will involve a cross section of the football community including NNSW club and zone representatives, volunteers, coaches and match officials.
“This level of engagement is unprecedented in the A-League era and I know the football people of the region will be enthusiastic participants,” said Northern NSW Football CEO David Eland.
“These three forums will provide the FFA and Newcastle Jets administration with a clear understanding of the Newcastle community’s expectations of the new club. It’s exciting times for the whole game in the region.”
*Information of the Member and Community Forum registration process will be announced shortly.