Fans invited to help shape Jets' future

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The Newcastle community will be given the opportunity to shape the future direction of the Jets when a series of forums kicks off next month.

Football Federation Australia and Northern NSW Football will host the events, including virtual online forums to broaden community participation.

The three forums to be held next month are:

•       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

Jets Members and Football Community Forums will be also utilise social media. In addition, a series of targeted online surveys will canvass a wide range of opinions.

Former coal baron Nathan Tinkler was stripped of the Jets licence and coach Phil Stubbins sacked from the Hunter outfit.

A-League boss Damien de Bohun said there was a strong commitment 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,” de Bohun said.

“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 events is an invitation-only Business Leaders Forum which will seek to draw upon the business expertise within the Newcastle and Hunter Region.

All 2014/15 club members will be invited to pre-register for the forum on June 18 while the final forum 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,” Northern NSW Football CEO David Eland said.

“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.