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ALM/ALW: Jets kick goals with Aspect Hunter students

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They might be in the middle of their respective seasons… but Newcastle Jets players have still found time to give back to the community.

Members of the A-League Men’s (ALM) and A-League Women’s (ALW) squads – Zac Bowling, Josie Wilson, Sarina Bolden and Ryan Scott – recently scored goals with the enthusiastic pupils at Aspect Hunter School.

The quartet kicked a football around with the youngsters during a skills clinic at the Thornton locale.

“We relish the opportunity to engage with local schools,” goalkeeper Scott said.

“It’s a highlight for us, so we appreciate the support from Greater Bank to make it happen.

“Hanging out with the kids from Aspect Hunter School and seeing the smiles when they were scoring goals was extra special.

“I think we have just as much fun as they do.”

The visit was facilitated through Autism Spectrum Australia’s (Aspect) partnership with the Greater Charitable Foundation and its participation in the Jets:LEARN PDHPE program.

“The staff was really impressed with how the players interacted with the students,” teacher Joe Kelly said.

“The afternoon was really successful… and the kids had a ball.”

Greater Charitable Foundation chief executive officer Anne Long said it was wonderful to join forces with Aspect.

“We first partnered with them in the roll-out of their Early Intervention Readiness Program,” she explained.

“Since then, we’ve also provided financial literary workshops through the Greater Bank Finance Academy and supported Aspect Hunter School’s Work Education and Employment Skills Program.

“It’s a joy for us to offer these students the chance to kick a ball around with their local football heroes.”

Meanwhile, on the playing paddock, Newcastle’s ALM squad, buoyed by the return of striker Apostolos Stamatelopoulos, meets the Wellington Phoenix at Sky Stadium on Saturday 9 December while the ALW outfit, refreshed after a week’s break, tackles the Cortnee Vine-led Sydney FC at home, No. 2 Sportsground, on Sunday 10 December.

Newcastle Jets v Wellington Phoenix

(Saturday 9 December, Sky Stadium)

5.30pm: ALM

  • Newcastle Jets squad: 1. Ryan Scott, 3. Jason Hoffman, 5. Lucas Mauragis, 6. Brandon O’Neill, 7. Trent Buhagiar, 8. Apostolos Stamatelopoulos, 10. Reno Piscopo, 13. Clayton Taylor, 14. Dane Ingham, 17. Kosta Grozos, 18. Daniel Stynes, 19. Callum Timmins, 20. Michael Weier, 22. Phil Cancar, 23. Daniel Wilmering, 25. Carl Jenkinson, 26. Archie Goodwin, 29. Justin Vidic, 33. Mark Natta, 39. Thomas Aquilina
  • Wellington Phoenix squad: 3. Finn Surman, 4. Scott Wootton, 5. Fin Conchie, 6. Tim Payne, 7. Kosta Barbarouses, 8. Ben Old, 9. Oskar Zawada, 10. David Ball, 11. Bozhidar Kraev, 12. Mo Al-Taay, 14. Alex Rufer (c), 15. Nicholas Pennington, 18. Lukas Kelly-Heald, 19. Sam Sutton, 23. Luke Supyk, 24. Oskar Van Hattum, 25. Jack Duncan, 26. Isaac Hughes, 40. Alex Paulsen, 52. Jackson Manuel

Newcastle Jets v Sydney FC

(Sunday 10 December, No. 2 Sportsground)

4pm: ALW

  • Newcastle Jets squad: 1. Izzy Nino, 2. Josie Wilson, 3. Claudia Cicco, 4. Natasha Prior, 5. Emily Van Egmond, 6. Cassidy Davis, 7. Gema Simon, 9. Melindaj Barbieri, 11. Sarina Bolden, 13. Lauren Allan, 14. Melina Ayres, 15. Alex Huynh, 18. Sophie Hoban, 19. Bonnie Davies, 21. Kiara Rochaix, 22. Lorena Baumann, 23. Zoe Karipidis, 24. Milan Hammond, 25. Lara Gooch, 28. Emma Dundas
  • Sydney FC squad: 1.Jada Whyman, 2. Margaux Chauvet, 3. Charlotte Mclean, 4. Tori Tumeth, 5. Kirsty Fenton, 7. Teigan Collister, 9. Shea Connors, 10. Sienna Saveska, 11. Cortnee Vine, 13. Aideen Keane, 14. Abbey Lemon, 16. Jordan Thompson, 17. Jynaya Dos Santos, 18. Taylor Ray, 19. Zara Kruger, 20. Princess Ibini, 21. Shay Hollman, 22. Indiana Dos Santos, 23. Fiona Worts, 30. Tahlia Franco

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