Newcastle Jets extend relationship with major club sponsor

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Newcastle Jets have announced a key extension with Port of Newcastle as a Major Partner for the following season, while they launched their 2023 Australia Cup jersey.

This will become the third year of the partnership, one which Port of Newcastle have featured previously on the Jets A-League Men’s home jersey, as well as both home and away kits for the A-League Women’s team.

Port of Newcastle is Australia’s deep water global gateway, the largest on the nation’s East Coast. It exists to build Australia’s prosperity with responsible, integrated and innovative supply chain solutions.

Port of Newcastle has many functions which include trade and port development, maintenance of major port assets, vessel scheduling, and wharf and berth services.

The Port has been in Newcastle for over 200 years and has become a critical asset of the region, making the partnership with the local Jets a congruent one.

Newcastle Jets Executive Chairman Shane Mattiske expressed his pleasure working with The Port of Newcastle.

“We’re really pleased to be continuing our partnership with the Port of Newcastle. It’s really important for us as a club to have a strong connection with an organisation that is a major part of the economy in this region,” he said via press release.

“It’s great to see the Port make such strong steps forward in the growth of their business with a move towards the new container terminal and the announcement of the clean energy precinct yesterday.

“I know the team looks forward to stepping out on Monday night in the new Australia Cup jersey with the Port of Newcastle logo proudly displayed on their chest.

“We’ve responded to the positive feedback from Members from our warm-up jersey from last season. We’re excited to launch an exciting new design for our warm-up jersey this season along with our new jerseys for the 2023/24 A-League season.”

As major partner of the Newcastle Jets for the past two seasons, Port of Newcastle has demonstrated their commitment to sporting communities across Newcastle, the Hunter Region and Northern NSW which shows the shared values between both parties.

This partnership continues to be a successful one for the Jets and this extension with The Port of Newcastle for a third season seems to be an easy decision as they try to progress up the table in the A-League Men’s competition.

The 2023-24 Local Sports Infrastructure Fund to cater for participation boom

2023-24 Local Sports Infrastructure Fund

The Victorian Government’s 2023-24 Local Sports Infrastructure Fund is a state-wide investment, open until December 13, 2023.

This fund was created to adapt to the increasing need for infrastructure that is required for regular active sport and recreation.

Utilising three streams, sports clubs, facility managers and community organisations will all benefit from the following grants:

  • Community Facilities – up to $300,000
  • Community Sports Lighting – up to $250,000
  • Planning – up to $40,000

Led by Minister for Community Sport, Ros Spence, the creation of infrastructure will be made possible by planners, architects, engineers, project managers,
builders, carpenters, plumbers, electricians, facility managers and operational staff as part on the construction process. In turn, this has a direct link back to the local economy and offers hundreds of jobs.

For sporting & recreation clubs, sporting associations & leagues, educational institutions, not-for-profit community organisations, businesses and individuals looking to apply for the Local Sports Infrastructure Fund, an important note is that they cannot do so directly. Instead, they will coordinate this with Local Government Authorities and the Alpine Resorts Victoria who will apply on their behalf.

Applications close at 5pm on Wednesday December 13 2023 – with successful candidates of the 2023-24 Local Sports Infrastructure Fund announced from April 2024.

For full information and resources, you can view those here.

Football Queensland remain with Kappa for five more seasons until 2028

Football Queensland & Kappa partnership extension

Football Queensland have announced a five-year partnership extension with iconic international sports brand Kappa as its official apparel partner from 2024.

This relationship between the two parties has been very strong since they first partnered all the way back in 2017 and reinforces the support for football in Queensland that the brand has had.

Kappa has provided quality garments for some of Europe’s biggest clubs including Manchester City, Juventus, AC Milan and the Italian National team.

It’s a brand that was established in 1916 in Turin and eventually in 1978 they rebranded themselves to branch out as a sportwear brand where they focused purely on football-related products and designs.

For Football Queensland, they currently produce and provide quality on and off-field apparel for all Queensland State Representative teams including the state’s futsal representative squads. Kappa also provide on-field apparel for the game’s referees on the FQ website.

They also helped sponsor and start up the Kappa Women’s Super Cup and Kappa Pro Series tournaments that debuted in late 2021 and 2022 respectively for clubs to participate in across the state.

FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci was extremely pleased to announce this partnership extension following Kappa’s amazing support.

“Football Queensland is incredibly excited to announce Kappa as our official apparel partner for the next five years following a competitive tender process which saw us receive 20 expressions of interest and 15 submissions of an extremely high quality,” Cavallucci said via Football Queensland press release.

“In their seven years as a Football Queensland partner, Kappa has provided fantastic support to Football Queensland, our clubs and the wider football community thanks to their quality of apparel, ability to deliver on their promises and the team’s unwavering commitment to customer service.

“We’ve built a wonderful working relationship with the team at Kappa thanks to their willingness to go above and beyond to deliver outcomes for our organisation and our game, and we’re delighted to continue working in partnership with them from next year.”

Kappa Australia Director Ze’ev Bogaty shared the same sentiment for the great relationship the two parties have created.

“Kappa is a strong supporter of football in Queensland and has been proud to invest in the game since the partnership with Football Queensland began in 2017,” Bogaty mentioned in the FQ press release.

“Some highlights of the partnership have included the development of the teal shirt for first year referees, witnessing Queensland state sides dominate on the national stage in Kappa kit, and the launch of the Kappa Women’s Super Cup and Kappa Pro Series tournaments.

“As we embark on another five years as the state’s official apparel partner and continue our close working relationship with Football Queensland, we look forward to contributing even more to the growth and success of football across the state.”

There is a shared goal of improving the grassroots game in Queensland from both parties and the track record of Kappa’s immense investment over the past seven years has shown that this extension will do wonders for Queensland football.

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