RAAF Round to return this weekend

Newcastle Jets are pleased to launch the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Appreciation Round for this weekend’s game against the Wellington Phoenix.

The Newcastle Jets will acknowledge the incredible contribution the Air Force makes within the Newcastle and Hunter Valley community and is proud to strengthen its ties to RAAF Base Williamtown this Saturday when the club hosts the Wellington Phoenix on Saturday the 22nd of October.

The day will be action-packed with Defence activities and displays on show at McDonald Jones Stadium. The Jets are also pleased to announce that all Defence personnel and their families will be able to attend the game for free. This coincides with the Jets’ family-friendly fixtures this season with the match kicking off at 5 pm which will see kids able to enter the field at full-time after post-match formalities have concluded.

Lucy Johnson, Taren King, Jaushua Sotirio and Matthew Jurman in front of an F-35.

Newcastle Jets Executive Chairman Shane Mattiske is delighted to see the return of RAAF Appreciation Round and further strengthen ties between the club and RAAF Base Williamtown.

“As a club we see it as being important to recognise the significance of the RAAF’s contribution to this community and to our society.

There is an obvious connection between the Jets and the RAAF, and we are pleased to be able to create a community event that demonstrates this relationship.

Over the past two years, the Hunter Defence Support Network (HDSN) and Jets have been working to create a strong linkage between Defence personnel, families, and football. This weekend’s match is a key demonstration of this partnership.

We thank HDSN Chair Adam Loong, his board and staff for making this match possible.”

Hunter Defence Support Network Chair Adam Loong applauded the Newcastle Jets for continuing to support and engage with Defence

“HDSN are very appreciative of the Newcastle Jets FC’s proactiveness and helpfulness in engaging the local Defence force family. Their commitment to the community is to be commended and we are thankful to share such a strong relationship with the club.”

HDSN and the Jets will shortly be rolling out a new program, called the future flyers program, that aims to further support Defence personnel in the community, to positively engage the communities close to the RAAF base and to work with education partners such as RDA Hunter to encourage more young people to pursue studies in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.   

Kick-off for the match is at 5 pm with gates opening at 4 pm. Kids Under 12 can attend the match for free with a full-paying adult ticket. Defence personnel and their families can attend the match for free as well.